Not all car accident attorneys know how to investigate a commercial truck accident
Investigating a truck accident is not the same as investigating a regular car accident. Commercial semi trucks and tractor trailers have sophisticated “black boxes,” which record important data right before the accident. If this data is not quickly downloaded, it may be deleted or overwritten. This requires hiring an expert knowledgeable in downloading and interpreting this black box data right away.
Investigating these accidents also requires a deep familiarity with the numerous safety regulations that apply to these commercial rigs, like 18 wheelers and other large transport vehicles. The rules that apply to commercial vehicles and their drivers are much more extensive and complicated than the regulations that apply to smaller passenger vehicles.
Hiring an attorney who is not familiar with these commercial vehicle regulations is like hiring a chef to interpret the IRS tax code.
Even many trucking companies are not aware of all the safety regulations they have to follow.
That is scary but not surprising. There are literally thousands of safety regulations that apply to the drivers, the company, or both. For example, there are rules that require a semi-truck driver to routinely inspect his/her vehicle, submit to drug and alcohol testing, be medically examined and certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle, and never drive more than 11 hours at a time and only after 10 consecutive hours of being off duty. There are also regulations that require trucking companies to hire only the safest and most qualified drivers.
The problem is that far too often these commercial vehicle companies and their drivers fail to comply with these regulations either willfully or because they are simply ignorant of the safety rules they need to follow. Either way, when a truck driver and his/her company fail to follow the rules of the road, it puts the motoring public in danger and can lead to serious accidents on our Colorado roads.