One of the most crucial parts of building your case is investigating the accident. We key on several important areas, but one of the most important is the driver of the truck. We check for previous accidents the driver may have been in, tickets he may have received for traffic violations, and logbook violations and driving too many hours.
The American Transportation Research Institute says factors like these in a driver’s past strongly predict how likely a truck driver is to be involved in a future crash. In a report released this spring, the institute showed that a driver with a previous crash on his record is 88 percent more likely to have a future crash. The institute’s study also showed that a history of certain types of traffic violations increases the likelihood of a future crash by 96 percent.
If we find these types of violations in the driver’s history, we may then look to the truck driver’s employer. In too many cases, trucking companies don’t pay enough attention to driver behavior, or in the worst case, ignore it completely. If the employer has neglected to investigate that driver’s past history, they may be liable to you for additional damages.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident (or a car accident), give me a call me at (303) 758-4777, email me at DLS@dlslawfirm.com or visit us on the web at www.dlslawfirm.com. Let’s talk about your case. There’s no cost or obligation. We’ll help you get the money you and your family deserve for the injuries you’ve suffered. And remember: If we take your case, we don’t get paid unless you get paid.