Trucking accident lawsuits typically involve more complex factual and legal issues than the average car accident. It is very important to understand is that 18-wheeler accidents are not just “motor vehicle accidents involving a large vehicle.” Trucking accident victims will benefit from a top Mississippi trucking accident lawyer because this specialized area of motor vehicle litigation requires the following:
Our law firm has successfully represented clients in complex trucking litigation, so we have the knowledge, tenacity, and experience that tractor-trailer accident lawsuits require. Our success in and out of the courtroom allows us to negotiate from a position of strength and creates trust and respect that facilitates results.
Trucking companies anticipate that their drivers will be involved in accidents that generate litigation. In response to this risk, commercial carriers and their drivers have developed practices that frequently result in important evidence being manipulated or hidden. For example, federal regulations require truck drivers to maintain logbooks to document HOS compliance. These records are so routinely manipulated that they are derisively referred to as “lie books” in the trucking industry. Driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) that document compliance with inspection requirements can also be inaccurate.
At Schmidt Law Firm, we take prompt action to defeat such tactics. We send a “spoliation letter” to the trucking company, which indicates the big-rig and truck data recorder (“black box”) are evidence in pending litigation and must be preserved unaltered. If the trucking company persists in attempting to repair the big-rig, which interferes with accident reconstruction analysis or by tampering with the information saved on the data recorder, we might seek a restraining order. Trucking litigation requires expertise in evidence preservation to prevent vital information or evidence from disappearing.
Because we have experience with trucking litigation, we also have the ability to use the discovery process to expose falsified logbook entries and fictional DVIRs. We carefully analyze all “black box” data from the truck’s data recorder. This data can provide critical information about hours of service, vehicle maintenance, sudden braking, speed before the collision, the location of the big-rig, and other valuable facts. In addition to the data we obtain from the truck’s “black box”, we will obtain and scrutinize fuel receipts, lodging bills, GPS data, email correspondence, the driver’s personnel file, safety violation records, and other relevant documents.
Schmidt Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to pursuing justice and getting the maximum amount of compensation for victims of careless truck drivers and indifferent commercial carriers that establish unrealistic schedules. If you or a family member are a victims of a collision with an 18-wheeler, Schmidt Law Firm will hire the best accident reconstruction experts, trucking industry experts, medical experts, actuaries, engineering experts, and many other recognized leaders in their field to build a compelling cases for you.
The amount of money you can recover will depend on the unique facts of your case, we will help you to pursue monetary damages for medical and hospital expenses, unpaid earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost future earnings, loss of companionship of a spouse, punitive damages and/or other appropriate damages. Call Schmidt Law Firm, PLLC today, at 1-844-818-6995
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