In a collision between a big rig and a passenger car, the occupants of the smaller vehicle usually draw the short straw.
Advocates working on behalf of a victim can launch an investigation into the crash scene to uncover important evidence showing how the accident occurred.
Understanding scene investigation
Following a truck-car crash, the trucking company will instantly dispatch investigators to the scene. Advocates for the victim must begin an examination as soon as possible because evidence can quickly disappear due to inclement weather conditions or heavy traffic. Investigators will look for many kinds of roadway evidence:
– Tire tracks and skid marks
– Damage to objects such as guardrails, curbs, buildings and other structures
– Fluid stains such as engine oil, brake fluid and blood
– Points of impact between the vehicles
– Vehicle Debris
Forming a team
Advocates for the victim can round out their team by engaging outside professionals to assist in scene investigation. The team might therefore grow to include engineering experts and professional accident reconstructionists. These people will be able to help recreate a truck-car crash and reconstruct how the accident happened. They are adept in helping to analyze evidence of all kinds found at the crash site.
Holding negligent parties accountable
In addition to the information gained by a crash site investigation, advocates for the victim will examine trucking company records, maintenance records, supervision, driver training and related information to discover whether the driver was following Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. The end result should show who was responsible for the crash. In a truck-car collision, it is not uncommon for multiple parties to bear liability and the victim has a right to expect full and fair compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and more.