We are actively involved in cases involving commercial trucks, buses and 18 wheelers. With the advent of more technology in the cab, we find that distracted driving is the root cause of many serious crashes. Commercial truckers and bus drivers are increasingly distracted while at the wheel because of cell phones, pagers, computers and other electronic devices. Your safety and the safety of the motoring public depends on enforcement of rules and regulations that are designed for achieving safety. In our investigations of commercial trucking accidents we examine phone records, computer records, log books and other important data to determine why the driver may have been distracted. Studies have consistently shown that distracted driving is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving. Punitive damages may be assessed against commercial trucking companies who allow their drivers to disobey traffic rules and common sense rules of the road.
During many of ourinvestigations involving commercial trucks such as 18 wheelers, we find that the Trucking company, its investigators, insurance adjusters and even its attorneys are sometimes present at the scene of the accident within minutes or hours of the collision. They attempt to influence the police officer and the evidence at the scene in a way that reflects more favorably on the trucking company and its driver. In many cases, it is several weeks or months later before the injured victim and his/her family is able to consult an attorney for help. It is important that your attorneys get started on an investigation as soon as possible so that evidence can be preserved while memories are still fresh. If necessary, we will seek an injunction to preserve the evidence including the all vehicles involved. Preservation of evidence is critical to making sure that an accident reconstruction is complete and accurate.
A study at Virginia Tech involved outfitting the cabs of long-haul trucks with video cameras over 18 months, found that when the drivers texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting.
The Department of Public Safety has concluded its analysis on what caused the fatal San Antonio-area bus crash in March. They found that the accident resulted from a combination of mechanical failure and the panicked bus driver's reaction.