Investigating a truck accident is urgent. Key evidence from you, or your loved one’s accident can be lost or destroyed if not immediately preserved after the accident. As Ohio truck accident lawyers, it’s our job to find our why the accident happened and who is responsible.
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we have an experienced truck accident investigation team ready to start working on your case. We know what information to look for, where to look for it, and how to legally enforce the preservation of evidence in your case.
Why We Need to Act Now
When performing an accident investigation, we need to act fast. Our truck accident lawyers and team of experts and investigators need to access the truck and other vehicles involved in the collision to ensure key evidence is preserved and collected to support your case.
Rules and regulations dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration only require the truck company to preserve evidence from the accident for a short period of time. If you don’t have an Ohio truck accident lawyer protecting your rights, the trucking company may destroy this evidence.
Key Evidence We Need to Collect
To preserve key evidence and best reconstruct the events surrounding the truck accident, we need access to:
- Vehicles Involved in the Collision
- trucks, cars, or other vehicles involved
- Any Accident Witnesses
- written and recorded witness statements
- Truck Documents
- dispatch records and reports
- Electronic Control Module (ECM)
- Electronic On-Board Recording (EOBR) devices
- fuel, hotel, and toll receipts
- Hours of Service (HOS) logs
- internal safety audits
- maintenance logs
- vehicle inspection reports
- weight tickets
- and more
- Driver Personnel File
- application for employment
- certification of prior collisions
- certification of prior traffic violations
- drug and alcohol test results
- employment history
- government enforced audit letters
- medical examiner’s certificate
- and more
Access to Government Records
Under the Freedom of Information Act, our Cleveland truck accident lawyers can request access to pertinent government records, such as:
- company court records,
- company safety records,
- crash reports,
- driver criminal records,
- driver safety records,
- roadside inspections,
- and more.
All of this evidence can be used to build your case, and after careful analysis of evidence collected in the investigation process, we can pursue the damages you’re owed for your injuries. If you need help after a truck accident, call Nurenberg Paris at (888) 900-6075 or complete a free initial consultation form.