When researching semi-truck accident lawyer qualifications, you should look for a couple of things right away: experience dealing with large truck carriers and insurance companies, the ability to utilize and preserve various sources of evidence, the ability to interpret and evaluate trucking industry regulation violations, and the ability to get results.
Before you hire a semi-truck accident attorney, make sure they possess these six important qualifications.
Qualification #1: Knows How to Handle Truck Accident Cases
Semi-truck accidents are more complicated than your average car crash. Not only are the injuries more devastating, but the law is much more complex.
You need to hire a lawyer that knows the best way to handle truck accident cases and the best way to collect compensation from the truck driver at fault. If you hire someone who has never handled a truck accident case before, your case and your compensation award could suffer.
The accident attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. L.P.A. are familiar with semi-truck accident cases and have the specific knowledge needed to represent you in court. You can count on our know-how and our drive to provide you with the best possible resolution to your truck accident case.
Qualification #2: Has Experience Dealing with Large Truck Carriers and Insurers
A great semi-truck accident lawyer will not only know how to handle accident cases; they will also have experience dealing with the large companies that employ truck drivers and the insurance companies that back them up. Both the truck carriers and the insurance companies will likely have a team of attorneys working around the clock to defend them from liability.
You need an attorney who will not back down when faced with a powerful defendant. The semi-truck accident attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. L.P.A. have 300 years of collective experience defending injured residents in Ohio and Michigan.
We are not afraid of facing large truck carriers, insurance companies, or their attorneys.
If they were at fault for your injuries, we will make them pay.
Qualification #3: Knows How to Utilize Evidence
The best truck accident lawyer know how to properly utilize evidence in order to get the best possible outcome for your case. Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. L.P.A. knows that the most important types of evidence in your truck accident case will include:
Accident Reconstruction Evidence: This kind of evidence is particularly important when the cause of the accident was a defective part or poor maintenance of the semi-truck.
Even if there were no defective parts, being able to reconstruct how the accident occurred can go a long way towards winning your case.
Expert Witness Testimony: In addition to any eyewitnesses to the crash, a good semi-truck accident attorney will be able to provide you with expert witnesses. These are witnesses who, although they were not at the scene of the crash, will be able to provide testimony for your case.
For example, a witness who is an expert in truck driving and truck maintenance can establish that the defending truck driver acted negligently while driving or while maintaining their vehicle. Another expert witness may be able to read the skid marks on the road to explain when the truck driver applied their breaks and how fast they were going before the collision.
Truck Carrier Records: FMCSA regulations require all truck drivers and the carrier companies they work for to maintain records. These records track:
- The number of hours a driver has been behind the wheel
- The driver’s breaks for rest, meals, and sleep
- Dates and times of truck loading and final delivery
- Driver’s personnel files, including background checks
- Driver’s drug test results
- Vehicle inspection reports
- Vehicle maintenance reports
These records can be useful to your case, but quite difficult to obtain. Our truck accident attorneys have years of experience obtaining and analyzing these pieces of evidence to establish negligence.
Qualification #4: Knows How to Preserve Evidence
FMCSA regulations actually allow truck companies to destroy certain documents which could potentially be valuable pieces of evidence in your case before you get to trial. To prevent this from happening, your attorney needs to send a letter of spoliation.
Your lawyer sends this letter, also known as a preservation letter, to preserve specific pieces of evidence related to your case, such as driver’s logbooks, personnel files, vehicle repair records, and inspection reports.
Our attorneys know exactly what to do to preserve each piece of evidence necessary to your case.
Qualification #5: Able to Interpret and Evaluate Evidence for Truck Regulation Violations
As we stated above, FMCSA has several rules and regulations concerning semi-truck drivers. Your lawyer should be able to analyze evidence for any violations of those rules. The most common violations your lawyer should have experience interpreting include:
- How long a truck driver can drive without a break
- The maximum hours a truck driver can drive in a week
- Cell phone usage restrictions for truck drivers
- Drug or alcohol use
- Vehicle inspections and maintenance requirements
- Requirements for maintaining certain safety records
- Requirements for maintaining driver logbooks
Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. L.P.A. attorneys are familiar with FMCSA rules and will uncover any violations. These violations will go a long way towards winning your case.
Qualification #6: Gets Results
When you are questioning a prospective truck accident attorney’s qualifications, you need to ensure they have the ability to get results. You do not want to waste your time and money on an attorney if there is no chance that you can even win your case against the truck driver at fault.
Our attorneys have recovered over $500,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for injured clients and would love to do the same for you.
The attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. L.P.A. believe that your compensation should be fair. If a truck driver’s negligence caused your injuries, you should be able to hold them accountable for all of your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, future medical care expenses, and more.
Do not hire an attorney that is simply all talk. Before you select an attorney to represent you, make sure they have these six qualifications. Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. L.P.A. has these qualifications and more.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you: 419-843-6663.