Truck Accidents and Trucking Companies
Count on our Philadelphia truck accident lawyer to deal with your crash
Have you been injured in a truck accident caused by a commercial truck driver? If so, you will likely need to deal with a trucking company. That’s because many truck drivers who drive 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other large trucks often work for trucking companies.
This might not seem like a big deal – until you need to deal with one after a serious truck accident. That’s when many people realize just how difficult it can be to deal with a trucking company after a truck crash.
Philadelphia truck accident lawyer Michael Hanamirian knows what you’re going through. That’s because The Hanamirian Firm, PC has been helping people deal with serious truck accidents and trucking companies for more than three decades. We know what to expect and how to react to every turn in the road.
What makes dealing with trucking companies after a truck accident so complicated?
There are many reasons why trucking companies can be so difficult to deal with after an accident caused by a truck driver working for them. Reasons why include:
- Many trucking companies are reluctant to share data collected by a truck’s so-called “black box.” This device is the truck’s event data recorder (EDR) or electronic control module (ECM). Data collected by this device in the truck that caused your crash can be critical to proving exactly what happened. Such data includes:
- Speed truck was traveling at the time of the crash.
- The last time the truck driver took a break before your crash.
- The exact location of the truck at the time of the crash.
- Trucking companies are only required to keep black box data and Hours of Service (HOS) logs (which detail exactly how long a truck driver was on the road before taking legally mandated breaks) for a limited amount of time. After that, they can legally destroy such information. That’s why it’s critical to obtain such data right away.
- Trucking companies are often secretive about their hiring practices. In some cases, trucking companies don’t want people to know that they hired a truck driver with little experience or a history of causing serious truck accidents.
- Trucking companies that don’t properly maintain their trucks don’t want investigators to know that they failed to check the brakes, change the tires or perform other routine maintenance. That’s because poor truck maintenance is often a contributing factor in many truck accidents.
The stakes are high in most truck accidents. Depending on the severity of your injuries and your crash, your truck accident-related expenses can easily add up to thousands or even millions of dollars. That’s why it’s important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Find out how a Philadelphia truck accident attorney can help you
Our legal team can help you every step of the way. We know how to deal with trucking companies. We know how to investigate them and negotiate effectively with them. And if they refuse to cooperate, we will not hesitate to take legal action against them on your behalf.
In particular, we can demand to the see the truck’s black box data. We also often request to see the truck driver’s Hours of Service (HOS) logs, which detail exactly when the truck driver took mandatory breaks and whether or not the truck driver violated federal HOS rules and regulations.
Put your trust in a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer who puts your needs first. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with The Hanamirian Firm. We’re here for you every step of the way.