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How trucking companies and insurance companies respond to collisions

March 26, 2013

It may or may not be surprising that most large trucking companies and the insurance companies that insure the trucking companies have formal policies and procedures that dictate how they will respond when a truck is involved in a serious collision.  First, they instruct the drivers immediately to call the company to notifiy them of the wreck before anything else so the company can send over investigators.  They instruct the drivers not to give any statements to anyone but the company and when they send the investigators, they will arrive immediately on the scene even by helicopter if the collision is far enough away.  These investigators have one goal: to gather facts to help the insurance company deny paying the claim to the people hurt or killed by the trucking company.  


Shouldn't you have the same resources on your side?  The truck accident lawyers in Jackson, Tennessee at Hardee, Martin & Donahoe have the knowledge, skills and resources to go head-to-head with the big insurance companies and know how to preserve and gather the evidence injured people will need to help ensure they are not taken advantage of by those insurance companies for those injuries.  For example, to understand if a driver was driving while fatigued, one needs to examine and perform a log audit of the hours of service or the number of hours driven.  Event data recorders also need to be examined by a knowledgeable expert to determine how the wreck occurred - the EDR is a computer module that records key data at or near the time of crash.  Most importanly, you need to look at the policies and procedures of the trucking company and see what safety measure were in place or whether it had policies that tended to reward drivers for unsafe driving and imposed unrealistic expectations for delivery schedules.  These policies can lead to fatigued driving, drug use and loss of human life on our nation's highways.  



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