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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Make Sure You Get The Full Story If You Are in An Accident With a Semi Truck

 Over Memorial Day weekend, there was a horrendous semi-truck crash on the Cross Bronx Expressway just a couple of miles from my office. A semi crashed into a couple of cars, ran through a guardrail, and ended up dangling over the side of an overpass. Fortunately, nobody died, but several people involved in the crash were seriously injured. 

Speaking with ABC 7, the driver in this crash emphasized his years of experience and the fact that he was sober and alert. He also said the crash was caused by a black car that hit is front wheel, causing him to lose control of the semi. The police were able to confirm this is what had happened.

The fact that the semi driver spoke to the media after the crash is one of the things that is interesting about this crash. It is unusual because the companies that the drivers work for often stop the drivers from talking to the media, and instead put out a canned statement about the crash. The companies do this because they don’t want anything the driver says to be used against them should someone who is injured in the accident sue them.

The truth is, it is often really hard to tell exactly what caused a semi accident immediately after it happens. Right after the accident happens, the focus is on helping people who are injured and getting things cleaned up so that the road can re-open. Although there is always an accident investigation by the police and all of the drivers’ insurance companies, it is rushed.

That is why I always advise people who have been injured in an accident with a semi to hire an attorney and do an independent investigation of the accident as soon as you can. The investigation that was done at the time of the accident should be reviewed as close in time to the accident as possible, and new evidence should be gathered before it is lost or destroyed.

For example, an attorney will be able to help you get ahold of the trucker’s timesheets so you can see if the driver was driving on very little sleep, which is the cause of far too many accidents.

They can also help you get a copy of the truck’s maintenance records. There are very specific rules and regulations that truckers have to follow to keep their truck in what the government considers to be good working order. Corners are often cut, and these can be evidence of negligence.

In today’s day and age, it is also important to get the driver’s cell phone records because texting or playing games is as big of a temptation for truckers as it is for other drivers. Cell records can provide evidence that the semi driver was distracted by their phone at the time of the accident, and sometimes show negligence.

Putting the whole picture of an accident together often reveals a different story than the one the police and insurance companies pieced together the day of the accident. Everyone who was involved in an accident deserves to know what actually happened, not just what the insurance companies and potentially negligent drivers want them to hear.

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