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Proving You’re Not at Fault in a Trucking Accident

The Law Office Of Nicholas E. Tzaneteas

Consumers throughout America depend on the goods transported by trucking companies, which was especially true during the height of the pandemic. While their essential travel kept our communities afloat, the increase in semi trucks on the road contributed to more accidents and subsequent injuries. If you or someone you know has been involved in a trucking accident in New York City, now is the time to contact an experienced Brooklyn Truck Accident Attorney. So, how do you know you have a case, and that the trucker was at fault for the accident? Read on to find out. 

Proving You Weren’t at Fault

Accidents happen. But, when it comes to colliding with a semi truck, proving your innocence is arguably more important than a traditional car accident. Navigating trucking and insurance companies is complex, which is why you need an experienced and effective attorney in your corner. Here are some major factors to consider to prove your innocence in a truck accident.

  • Black box recorders: Many modern trucks are equipped with black box recorders that monitor activity, fuel consumption, speed, the driver’s identity, stops, and even braking patterns. Since these also record hours of operation, they can prove whether or not a trucker violated his or her hours of service laws set forth by the FMCSA..
  • Driver logs: Drivers are required by law to keep records detailing their pre- and post-trip inspections for maintenance purposes. These logs can help prove whether or not the company was negligent in maintaining the truck, which could have led to your accident. 
  • Substance screenings: When an accident occurs, the driver is required to take a drug and alcohol screening test. If any alcohol or illegal substances are detected in the report, this could help your case. Keep in mind, commercial truck drivers have stricter blood alcohol level limits than other drivers- with a 0.04% maximum, as opposed to 0.08% for passenger vehicles. 
  • Truck camera: These cameras offer insight into the driver’s behavior and patterns. This footage could potentially prove reckless driving, improper lane changes, distracted driving, aggressive driving, speeding, or any other traffic violation. Because some trucking companies will try to hide or tape over this footage, it’s imperative you contact your personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get a copy of it.
  • Eye witnesses: While everyone might complain about NYC traffic, the good news is that if and when there’s an accident, there are likely going to be eye witnesses. After an accident, gather written or recorded testimony from people who witnessed the event. Be sure to gather the important details after an accident, too, including the name of the driver, the trucking company’s name, and driver’s license information

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney If you or someone you know has been involved in a trucking accident in NYC, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer who can fight for you. We know how complex the process is and how to navigate trucking companies, insurance companies, and the legalities of federal and state trucking laws. Contact the Law Firm of Nicholas Tzaneteas for a free consultation today.

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