If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, it is very important that you contact an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Here’s why:
Generally, the first thing that the truck driver does after the accident, even while still on the scene, is contact the trucking company. The trucking company will immediately dispatch a wreck investigator to the scene, even if on a weekend, or in the dead of night. The investigator will take photographs, take measurements, and interview witnesses.
Many times, the trucking company’s investigator is ex-law enforcement, and, where possible, will attempt to begin persuading the police officers at the scene. In some cases, most often when there is a serious injury, the trucking company will send an attorney to the scene as well.
This is why it is important to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. We will begin our own investigation, and hire our own experts. We document the scene, track down witnesses, and request video evidence, where possible. For example, we will send an open records request to the city for traffic cameras, or subpoena police for dash cam footage.
Not only do we investigate, but we also prevent the trucking company from destroying evidence that hurts them. Upon instruction, the trucking company can be prevented from destroying evidence, but they must be put on the appropriate notice under the law.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car or truck wreck, please call and speak to the Atlanta car accident lawyers at Schenk Smith today.