Most lawyers will try to prove how a truck accident happened and prove fault of the truck driver. Better lawyers know it is more important to determine why the truck collision happened. To find and prove why the collision happened, a lawyer must be trained and experienced in the nuts and bolts operations of truck fleets, safety protocols, policies, federal regulations and root cause analysis. A root cause analysis is a determination of the underlying cause of the wreck. For example, a driver may fall asleep and ram the rear-end of another vehicle, causing injury to the occupant. One might think the driver is at fault for not paying attention. However, a full root cause analysis may reveal the real cause of the accident was a company that failed to enforce drive time restrictions or encouraged drivers to drive too far and while fatigued or similar failures which can also include poor equipment maintenance, poor hiring, training and retention of unsafe drivers.
Why does this matter? Root cause analysis matters because it drives the amount of money a jury will likely award in your case. The attorneys at Hardee, Martin, Donahoe & Owens P.A. have extensive experience in uncovering and proving the root cause of serious truck wrecks to help get victims the money they deserve.
There are other reasons you should engage only an experienced truck accident lawyer. Truck companies and their Washington D.C. lobbyists have resited requests for them to carry adequate insurance. Many truck companies carry as little as $750,000 minimal insurance limits. A large truck can cause several deaths or serious injuries in a single accident. In those cases, $750,000 would have to be divided between those who are seriously injured or killed. Because the truck companies refuse to carry enough insurance, taxpayers are often left to pay for the harms they caused. Experienced truck accident lawyers can help determine if shippers, brokers or insurance companies acted negligently when they engaged unsafe trucking companies to transport goods in interstate commerce.