Semi-trucks and other delivery trucks on our streets, roadways and highways are essential to our way of life. However, they are also a major source of serious traffic collisions. In the high profile accident involving Tracy Morgan, a Wal-Mart truck was involved in that collision with a limo bus. That accident resulted in the death of one person and the very serious injuries of Mr. Morgan.
Truck drivers are required to comply with strict regulations in the number of hours a truck driver can work and the amount of rest required to operate a big rig. During the investigation of the Tracy Morgan accident, it was learned that the Wal-Mart truck driver was operating the vehicle without having slept for 24 hours prior to the accident. Apparently, Wal-Mart claims that its driver complied with the working requirements of no more that 11 hours driving in a 14 hour shift.
Many truck drivers are very conscientious and operate their trucks many millions of miles with the utmost care and without incident. For those who are less careful in the operations of their vehicles, these accidents ruin the lives of individuals and families. Once a truck accident occurs, a proper investigation is critical to identify the cause of the accident and any contributing factors, such as, excessive speed, operating when fatigued, driving under the influence, or as a result of equipment failure. That type of an investigation starts with the appropriate investigative agencies and authorities, but should continue with the lawyer hired to represent the injury victim or the family of that victim. Often, answers to the cause of an accident are only discovered with a much deeper level of investigation than was performed initially.
Delay, or the failure to perform a proper liability investigation, can be the difference between success or failure in establishing a claim for compensation after a tragic big rig accident. Engaging a competent, effective and capable law firm to handle a truck accident case must be a major consideration so that the accident victim is not victimized a second time by the insurance company defending the trucker, the trucking company or an incapable lawyer. The Inland Empire Law Group is an excellent choice of law firms to represent trucking accident victims. Call now (909-481-0100) if you have suffered an injury in a truck accident, or if a family member has lost his or her life or suffered a serious injury due to such an accident. We stand ready to assist those injured in California from the negligence of another.