Truck accident cases are typically more complex than the average automobile accident case. Practically, truck accident cases are more difficult to handle because there is typically more at stake. A recent Jury Verdict Research nationwide study looked at truck accidents from 1996 to 2005 and found that the average compensation award of these verdicts was $90,000. In contrast, the average personal injury verdict was $38,461.
If there is a liability dispute, there is a wealth of data that may be available to assist in proving that the truck driver was negligent. It is critical that this evidence be preserved. At the outset of the claim, we send out broad requests to preserve all documents, equipment, photographs, data and other items related to the accident. We also ask and demand certain specific information including:
1. Black box data;
2. Truck driver’s personnel file and driving history;
3. All statements obtained from investigation of the truck accident;
4. The truck driver’s log for the last two years (which must be kept per 49 C.F.R. 395.8 and 395.15);
5. The truck driver’s qualification file as required by 49 C.F.R. 391-51;
6. GPS and/or other tracking data; and
7. The truck’s maintenance and repair history.
This is done to fully and properly investigate, prove and if needed try the case before a jury. If you have been injured in a truck accident, please contact us so that one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers can evaluate your claim and take all necessary steps to preserve the evidence.