Truck Accident Investigations in Riverdale
Clarity for Cases in Greensboro, Alpharetta, Ellijay & Elsewhere in Georgia
Before preparing and presenting a lawsuit against a trucking company for personal injury, a proper investigation must be conducted—and that can be extremely challenging. Such investigation will require the services of an experienced personal injury law firm such as the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker.
Bear in mind that in almost every tractor trailer accident, the trucking company has their insurance company investigators and even personal injury defense lawyers at the scene within an hour of the collision. They train their truck drivers to call an emergency number immediately when involved in a collision, which puts their defense team in motion to begin formulating a defense to the trucking collision. This is why it is important to immediately hire a qualified truck accident investigation attorney in Riverdale who is skilled at investigating a trucking collision case.
Preserving Evidence to Protect Your Interests
Early discovery of important information and opinions are extremely important in a trucking accident claim for personal injury or wrongful death. The insurance company investigating a trucking accident will not share any of their evidence or investigation under the auspices that it is protected “work product” done in anticipation of litigation. See Tobacco Road v. Callaghan, 174 Ga. App. 539 (1985). Therefore, the sooner you hire a law firm who handles trucking accidents the sooner you can have your own team of investigators to counterbalance the defense work done by the insurance company.
At the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker, our truck accident investigation attorneys in Riverdale immediately send out a preservation of evidence letter to the trucking company to prevent them from destroying any evidence, such as truck cam footage, downloadable black box information located on the truck, or the federally mandated inspection reports, drivers logs, and other valuable information.
Under the Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70, et. seq.), a request is sent to get all of the Public Service Commission’s public records for the particular collision, which on many occasions includes the police investigation with pictures and video taken by the police at the scene and the 911 call log.
We Seek Information & Information Experts
In many trucking collision cases, it is important to consider hiring an accident reconstruction expert to assist in the investigation, which is something we can certainly handle at the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker. We have relationships and connections to these kinds of experts.
Our experienced trucking attorney will conduct a thorough search of the government and private sources for additional information regarding the trucking company involved in the accident. We will also search for other pertinent information, rules, and regulations.
Some of the sources we receive information from include:
- Georgia Public Service Commission (Motor Carrier Division)
- Federal Interstate Commerce Commission
- Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Department of Transportation (Federal Highway Administration)
- American Trucking Association
- Georgia Motor Trucking Association
- Transportation Rules of the Georgia Public Service Commission
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Management
Also, the interstate commerce trucking company involved in a trucking accident is required under federal law to file a written report of the collision with the United States Department of Transportation, and you can get a copy of the report under the Freedom of Information Act.
Any investigation of a trucking accident should be adapted to the particular circumstances of each individual case. A law firm familiar with handling a tractor trailer accident claim will be staffed with the right people who are knowledgeable in getting documents and evidence through the above listed agencies.
The Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker has the truck accident investigation attorneys in Riverdale with the experience to pursue maximum compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call (470) 450-1164.