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It is extremely important for the victim of a major truck accident to get immediate representation. The main reason for this recommendation is that the trucking company and their insurer will act almost instantaneously. No matter what time of the day or night, as soon as the dispatcher gets word of the accident, they contact the risk manager. The risk manager then gets ahold of the designated defense attorney in the state where the collision occurred. The defense attorney then notifies a claims investigator to get to the scene of the accident immediately. The main objective of the claims investigator is to be the first on the scene and to collect evidence favorable to their defense. All of these steps are taking place so that the claims investigator is at the accident scene within one or at most two hours after the crash. Meanwhile, the victim is probably still shaken up from the wreck and one of the last things on their mind is getting a lawyer.

Even if the case is one of clear liability, the defense team will now try to persuade the victim that they do not need an attorney. They will promise to be fair and may even make a generous settlement offer that is large enough to be tempting, yet at a significant discount considering what the defense has already investigated. The trucking company and their defense team wantsthe victim to deal directly with them, because they know that they havee a greater chance of reducing the claims paid out. They want to keep the victim from seeking professional help as long as they can, so that they will lower the cost of the claim, many times at the victims expense. As they try to stall, a significant amount of evidence is being lost that will provide help to the victim’s case. That is why it is necessary to seek the help of an experienced, knowledgeable and assertive lawyer almost immediately.

The larger trucking companies use on-board computers and satellite communication systems to keep track of their vehicles. This information is invaluable to the case, yet can be deleted from the system within 14 to 30 days, provided it was transmitted to the trucking companies. This information is subject to “modification” and is extremely difficult to prove that it was altered. All late model trucks also have a “black box” on board that monitors the performance and drive of the truck. According to manufacturer’s protocol, this information must be downloaded. If it is not downloaded promptly, this information can be lost forever.

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Administration has installed guidelines for preservation of driver logs, they also permit the destruction of such records after a certain period of time. This is why timely representation is necessary for the victim. While the defense team of the trucking company is busy gathering evidence to help their case, they are allowing unfavorable evidence to disappear. You cannot allow yourself to be passive as the defense team for the guilty party reassures you that everything will be okay.

Contact us immediately so that we may represent you to the fullest, while acting in a timely and appropriate manner. You need a truck accident lawyer who is experienced in various cases. Many of our past successes had come by referral from other lawyers, who specialize in other fields. Call Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie immediately at 1-888-752-7474 or email us at Contact Us Page for all of your truck accident needs.

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