We Investigate Negligent Trucking Companies
After an accident, an accomplished attorney is on your side
If you've been hurt in a truck accident, you're not just up against another motorist. Your opponent is the trucking company, and they'll put their resources to work to reduce their liability and deny your claim.
Any case against a trucking company is going to be decided by the facts of that case. That's why it's so critical to have a truck accident attorney on your side who knows how to find critical evidence. That's why you need the Law Office of Mark B. Morse, LLC.
As soon as you contact us and retain our firm to handle your case, we'll look for the following evidence:
- Hours of Service (HOS) Log: Truck drivers are required by law to keep a record of all of their working hours. This log may show us whether the driver violated mandatory limits on hours of service or worked through mandatory breaks. However, the trucking company is only required to keep this vital evidence for six months unless an attorney intervenes. One of the first things we'll do when you retain our firm is contact the trucking company and instruct them not to destroy the log.
- Black Box Data: Commercial trucks, like commercial airplanes, have a "black box" that stores critical information such as the truck's location and speed at the time of the crash. Because this information belongs to the trucking company, we need to take immediate action to get access to it.
- Hiring and Supervision Records: Our investigation may show that the trucking company failed to conduct a background check or knowingly hired a driver with a history of drunk or reckless driving. We may also learn that the trucking company failed to adequately train or supervise the driver, leading to an accident.
- Maintenance Records: We need to know about any work that was done on the truck to keep it in safe operating condition. In particular, if our investigation reveals that the trucking company knew of an issue with the engine, brakes or another critical part of the truck, that is crucial information.
- Physical Evidence: We'll investigate the accident scene itself for property damage and other evidence that may shed some light on what caused the collision. For instance, if the driver fell asleep at the wheel, he or she likely would not have hit the brakes before impact, which means there will be no skid marks at the scene.
- Witness Testimony: Of course, no investigation would be complete without talking to people who actually saw what happened. In addition to witnesses to the accident itself, we may be able to get information from others who saw the trucker prior to the accident and may testify that he or she was drunk or exhausted.
A careful investigation is the key to building a winning case against the trucking company. For over 30 years, Attorney Mark Morse has been building those cases - and that experience makes a difference. He knows the right questions to ask and the places to look to find that critical information, and he'll put his resources to work to move your case forward. That's why you need to contact us right away.
Remember, any delay will work in the trucking company’s favor. The sooner you meet with Mark Morse, the better. Call (401) 831-0555 today.