Filing a truck accident claim can be hard because trucking companies are equipped to protect themselves, their reputation, and their funds. The following are some ways in which truck accident companies make filing an accident claim difficult for their drivers to win a settlement in their favor:
- Truck companies sometimes falsify their records. Truck companies have to follow certain regulations though they often encourage or force their drivers to violate these regulations and later cover their tracks by falsifying records. The most common way this occurs is for work hour violations. Truck drivers are prohibited by federal law to drive for more than 14 hours a day and must take a 10 hour rest period before driving again. However, many times, to complete the truck delivery sooner, truck drivers are pressured by their employers to continue driving out on the road, creating dangerous conditions that can cause an accident. They might falsify records and receipts to make it seem as though the drive time was lesser than what it was on the road. Falsifying records is a way that truck companies protect themselves from being held liable for work violations and the causing of accidents.
- Truck companies that belong to government enterprises or large companies have extensive budgets for defense to protect them from liability for property damage and personal injuries. Since truck companies have a lot to risk, they have many different players on their team to protect themselves. This is why after a truck accident, you need an attorney who also has extensive resources to help defend your case and the finances to help you get your medical bills covered while the investigation is ongoing. They might even have to hire technical experts. You need a well respected, well funded attorney on your side who will use all their resources to ensure that you get the compensation and recovery that you deserve.
- Truck accident companies work quickly. At the scene of an accident, the truck company might send out a representative to collect evidence and start building the case that will protect them from liability. They might do this while the trucker is still processing the accident and recovering from injuries. The sooner that a trucker can get legal assistance to help them build their case, the better.
- Several other companies might be involved. In the case that an accident occurred due to a mechanical, product, or system failure, the part manufacturer will also need to get involved in the case. However, sometimes it might be hard to trask just which company it was that produced the part since trucks are made up of so many different parts, each from many different companies.
- Evidence can be destroyed. Evidence is essential to building a case to file an insurance claim against a company. However, federal regulations allow trucking companies to get rid of data and log entries after just six months. It’s essential to secure and preserve all evidence before it gets destroyed.