If you or any member of your family has been involved in a serious accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle, you know how devastating these accidents can be. The size and weight of these trucks can cause serious injuries and major damage to other vehicles on the road. When deciding if you and your family are eligible for Houston auto accident settlements, your attorney will typically conduct an in-depth investigation of the crash. Here are some of the most important elements of a truck crash investigation.
Regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require transportation companies to maintain a driver qualification file (DQF) on each driver they employ. These files must contain information on the driving record, training, employment history and personal records of the driver as well as the results of alcohol and drug tests, the licenses held and hours of service. Obtaining these records can provide you and your Houston traffic accident lawyer with added information and evidence regarding the contributing causes to your collision.
The DFQ files also contain vehicle maintenance records. In some cases, this information can provide valuable insights into the reasons behind the accident. Equipment failures can sometimes be attributed to failure to maintain trucks properly or to improper loading, especially for heavier cargo. Your Houston accident attorney can often subpoena transportation companies to gain access to the DQF for the driver in question. This allows you to support your case more effectively in court.
GPS and Black Box Technologies
Fleet management systems often include GPS tracking as part of the array of services offered for transportation firms. These records can provide your attorney with the evidence needed to demonstrate violations of FMCSA hours of service rules to sway a jury in your favor. Some large trucks carry black box devices that record data regarding speed, braking and gear shifts from the accident. Trucking companies are understandably reluctant to share this information with accident victims. However, your attorney can often bring legal pressure to bear to access this information on your behalf.
At DeSimone Law Office, we specialize in providing clients with the most effective representation for traffic accident and injury cases. We have the skill and the experience needed to help you achieve the best possible resolution for your situation. Give us a call today at 713-526-0900 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.