By David E. High, Attorney-At-Law
Accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks and large commercial trucks can cause devastating personal injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck or a large commercial vehicle, it is very important that you obtain prompt legal assistance.
There are specialized laws and regulations regarding the trucking industry. There are regulations regarding hours of operation and hours of duty. Many truck accidents result from drivers being fatigued and driving in excess of the regulated hours of duty. Quite often electronic tracking data is available to determine the true hours of operation and movement of the tractor-trailer. If you delay in getting legal representation, that data is often lost, never to be regained. This data is only kept for a limited period of time. This data is often crucial to reconstructing an accident and proving liability. The loss of this data would make it difficult to challenge the claimed hours of operation and duty. Also, the mandatory logs of operation are required to be kept for six months only. Six months after the accident, this information is generally no longer available. In Tennessee, there is a one-year statute of limitations for all personal injuries.
Experts Gather and Download Data
Additionally, there is often available Electronic Control Module data or ECM data that will show vital operating information on the vehicles involved in the accident. Again, one must act promptly to obtain this information. We have access to experts who can download this computer data and preserve the same. This data can have information on speeds, braking, and operation of both vehicles. If the tractor-trailer or commercial truck is repaired and back on the road, it will be too late to obtain this data.
At the accident scene, there is generally very important physical information including skid marks, gouge marks, debris and other physical evidence. It is important that all physical evidence and data be photographed, mapped and preserved while the data is still fresh and available. Also, as in all accidents, it is important to talk to the witnesses promptly while the events are still fresh in their minds. You can be assured the insurance company adjuster for the trucking company will talk to all of the available witnesses and try to sway them towards their version of the facts. Therefore, it is important that you be represented so that your representatives and investigators can also talk to the witnesses and pin down what they saw and observed while it is fresh in their minds. The vehicles need to be promptly photographed. Also, crash data on the vehicles needs to be obtained before they are repaired or sold for scrap and no longer available. The accident site needs to be inspected and photographed before skid marks fade and evidence disappears.
Middle Tennessee has three major interstates that crisscross in Nashville. Thus, there is an extensive amount of interstate trucking through Middle Tennessee and serious tractor-trailer accidents are, unfortunately, a relatively common occurrence.
If you or your family members are the victim of one of these accidents, High Law Office, PLLC, has the expertise and experience to act promptly to gather and preserve all of the data and information. We will review your case on a No Recovery, No Fee basis. Schedule a free consultation with High Law Office, PLLC, at 615-256-1000, or visit us online at www.HighLawOffice.com.
David E. High, Attorney-At-Law
David E. High graduated at the top of his class at Nashville School of Law in 1980, graduated with High Honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has over 34 years of trial experience. He is a member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for over 20 years, Mid-South Super Lawyers, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. High will review your personal injury case without charge and handle your case on a “No Recovery, No Fee” basis.