We Investigate Trucking Companies
After a crash, our law firm will protect your rights
Truck wrecks tend to be much more difficult to deal with than crashes involving two passenger cars. Instead of being up against another individual, your opponent is the trucking company. And trucking companies have massive resources to bring to bear to protect their own interests. They'll dispatch "rapid response" teams to the accident site to collect evidence and start building a case, and they have teams of attorneys, investigators and insurance adjusters on their side to reduce or deny your claim.
They don't have the right to push you around. That's why you need Jones Justice. For over a decade, Chad Jones Law, P.C. has been fighting for the rights of people injured in truck crashes in College Station and throughout central Texas.
You have a right to justice. We'll find the evidence you need.
Any injury claim is decided by the facts of the case, and truck wrecks are no exception. An experienced truck accident lawyer from our firm will look for all of the following:
- Hours of Service (HOS) Log: Truck drivers are required by federal law to take regular breaks and may only work a certain number of hours in a given period of time. The purpose of these laws is to keep truckers awake and alert. To ensure compliance with hours-of-service laws, truck drivers are required to log their hours - but the trucking company is only required to keep that log for six months, unless an attorney intervenes. As soon as you contact us and retain our firm, we'll call the trucking company right away and make sure they don't destroy that log.
- Hiring and Supervision Logs: Truckers are held to high legal standards because their vehicles are so difficult to handle. By law, trucking companies are required to conduct thorough background checks and make sure their drivers are safe and responsible operators. If your wreck involved a drunk, drugged or reckless trucker, we'll comb through those records to see whether the trucking company failed to conduct that background check - or negligently hired a driver with a known history of drunk or reckless driving.
- Black Box Data: You've probably heard of the "black box" being used in airline accidents. Commercial trucks have a "black box" as well, and the data contained in it includes information such as average speed, highest speed, time driven and amount of time spent driving over 65 mph. We can use this data to demonstrate that the trucker may have been speeding or point out inconsistencies in the hours-of-service log. However, because the black box data is the trucking company's property, we need to move quickly to take legal action and secure it.
- Delivery Schedule: Trucking companies put a lot of pressure on drivers to make their deliveries on time, and sometimes, those deadlines are unrealistically short. We may find that the truck was behind schedule, which may have been motivation for the trucker to break the speed limit, drive recklessly, or work through mandatory breaks.
- Maintenance Records: If a truck isn't in good working order, it poses a threat to everyone else on the road. Truckers are required by law to conduct maintenance checks before getting on the road. We'll review the records of those maintenance checks along with other work done on the truck. If the trucking company knew of a dangerous maintenance issue, we'll hold them accountable.
- Interviews: No investigation would be complete without speaking to the people who actually saw the collision. We'll look at the truck driver's own statements for inconsistencies - for instance, if it seems as though the trucker may not remember what happened, he or he may have been asleep at the wheel. Our team will also talk to witnesses, both people who were at the scene of the crash itself and others who may be able to testify that the trucker was fatigued or intoxicated.
Remember, when you're up against a trucking company, every moment matters. That's why you need to contact us immediately after your wreck. Call 1-800-64-JONES to schedule your free consultation.