The Use of Maintenance Records in Trucking Accident LawsuitsGregory Law Firm
Trucking accidents are some of the most dangerous types of collisions on the road. Trucks are extremely heavy vehicles, and their weight is often increased further by the heavy loads they carry. As a result of this weight, trucking accidents frequently result in catastrophic personal injuries. When a trucking accident occurs, the trucking company is often quick to deny liability.
They usually have an expensive legal team on their side, and may even attempt to conceal evidence that would prove their culpability. That is why it is especially important for trucking accident victims to work with an experienced attorney of their own. Attorney Rodney G. Gregory has successfully represented countless trucking accident victims. Mr. Gregory relies on evidence such as maintenance records in trucking accidents to ensure his Jacksonville, FL clients receive the compensation they are due for damages suffered as a result of such an accident.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
The leading cause of trucking accidents is driver negligence or reckless behavior. However, aside from driver error, one of the leading causes of truck accidents is mechanical failures. Mechanical failures that are frequently noted as a contributing cause of a truck accident include:
- Brake failure
- Tire blowout
- Stalled engine
- Wheel separation
- Steering system failure
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, all commercial trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds (or those that carry hazardous material) are required to undergo systematic inspections of all parts. These laws and regulations are meant to prevent truck accidents due to mechanical failure. When a trucking accident occurs, it is important to obtain maintenance records to ensure these inspections have been performed according to regulations.
Maintenance Records as Evidence
It is common for trucking companies to resist handing over maintenance records after an accident has occurred. However, our attorneys will take the actions that are necessary to collect the appropriate records, whether that be through discovery or through the presentation of a subpoena. Once maintenance records have been collected, they will be examined for any information that is pertinent to the trucking accident. First, we will ensure that the records look accurate and genuine. Second, we will go over the records to see how the components of the truck have been working and whether or not anything has been replaced recently. If the maintenance records indicate that there have been issues that have not been addressed appropriately, this can act as evidence that points to the trucking company being at fault for the accident. Conversely, if the records indicate that all appropriate maintenance has been provided, it can help prove that a defective auto part may be to blame for the accident.
The evidence provided by maintenance records can indicate liability so that the appropriate party can be held accountable for damages in the trucking accident. Our attorneys will fight for maximum compensation in all areas of accident damages. When attempting to reach a settlement, we will consider losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the anticipated cost of any continual medical care. We will fight to ensure our clients are justly rewarded for their losses.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, it is important to work with an experienced attorney, such as Rodney G. Gregory, to ensure that you are justly compensated for the full extent of your injuries. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn your best course of legal action.