The personal injury lawyers at Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm in South Carolina educate you on how commercial vehicle accidents differ from passenger vehicle accidents. Watch the video below to get your questions answered.
How do Commercial Vehicle Accidents Differ from Your Vehicle Accidents?
The top-rated attorneys at Schiller & Hamilton explained that there are several ways and we have the fact that damages can be horrible. Oftentimes there is a multi-vehicle wreck that involves more catastrophic injury or a fatality. We are talking about wrecks that are going to be governed by the motor carrier rules. So there is an additional very thick blanket of rules that are going to be in place that is just not in consideration in a car versus car wreck. Those are two ways and because of this, there is a lot more information we need.
In order to get that information oftentimes it means that we are not able to simply send a demand and resolve the case. It means that we have to follow up right away in order to begin the discovery process to collect the evidence and information that we need. There is a laundry list of things that we would have to request from the trucking company right away in order to determine what went wrong and where including how the truck was operated and maintained, how the driver was trained, the driver’s records, the trucking company’s safety records, and the trucking company’s own policies and procedures.
These are all things that we would need right away in order to properly assess liability and properly identify all of the parties involved. That’s the information we can’t just glean from the accident report, so it’s important in every tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle case to move forward extremely aggressively in order to collect that evidence while it exists. In other words, time is not necessarily on our side in these cases so we have to move very fast.