Truck Accident Investigation & Litigation 2016-10-27T14:39:41+00:00

Truck Accident Investigation and Litigation

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In all accidents involving large trucks, it is vital that attorneys perform a proper truck accident investigation. At Baum Hedlund we use comprehensive programs to ensure no stone is left unturned. Among the plethora of steps taken to prepare a truck accident investigation and later litigate a truck crash case we:

  • Preserve all evidence during the truck accident investigation
  • Obtain police and other agency reports
  • Obtain witness reports
  • Acquire coroner reports
  • Obtain the black box data if the truck was equipped with an ECM (Electronic Control Module)
  • Obtain the subject vehicle’s black box data if it was equipped with an EDR (Event Data Recorder) or SDM (Sensing and Diagnostic Module)
  • Acquire the truck’s GPS (Global Positioning System) data
  • Learn about the motor carrier and its licenses, insurance, safety record, etc.
  • Get the full background and history on the driver
  • Secure a truck accident reconstruction expert
  • In many cases the truck driver committed a criminal act which caused the accident, and it is, therefore, very important to communicate closely with the prosecuting attorney in charge of any criminal proceedings against the truck driver.
  • Determine the best legal venue determined by substantive law and choice of law issues
  • Prepare and file claim forms against governmental entities, if necessary
  • Prepare and file the lawsuit
  • Begin discovery to obtain information and documents by interrogatories, requests for production and subpoenas
  • Depose the defendants and witnesses
  • Prepare the case for trial
  • Try or settle the case depending, first, on the needs of the client, and then on the behavior of the defendant(s).

Truck Accident Investigation and Litigation Attorneys

Located in California, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C., Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC provides experienced advocacy to truck accident victims and their families throughout the nation. Our lawyers understand the devastation that our clients must endure after an accident — whether they are coping with the tragic loss of a family member or they are dealing with a debilitating injury, such as a spinal cord injury or TBI. We are here to provide knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive truck accident investigation and litigation.

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Truck Accident Attorneys Paul Hedlund and Ron Goldman take part in a truck accident investigation after a major truck crash.

Truck crash lawyer Kate Harvey-Lee conducts a post-crash inspection, measuring part of her client’s vehicle that was hit by a big-rig.

Truck crash lawyer Kate Harvey-Lee conducts a post-crash inspection, measuring part of her client’s vehicle that was hit by a big-rig.

Commercial trucking companies (and their insurance carriers) face significant costs if they are held liable for personal injuries or fatalities caused by a trucking accident. Therefore, most trucking companies will send investigators, lawyers and other personnel to the accident scene almost immediately. It is their job to control the accident scene and preserve evidence in a light most favorable to their clients.

It is important for truck accident victims and their families to understand that no matter how nice an insurance agent is, or what amount of money they may offer — the insurance company and commercial trucking company are NOT looking out for your best interests.

Our law firm has witnessed the devastation caused by trucking accidents. Whether you have suffered a serious injury, a loved one has been severely injured, or a family member has died in a catastrophic truck accident, you deserve nothing less than representation from an experienced law firm that is truly committed to you and to obtaining results.

Recognizing that semi truck accidents and other commercial accidents can create significant financial burdens for our clients, our truck accident attorneys aggressively pursue compensation for the past, current and future damages as permitted by the applicable law:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium (loss of companionship)
  • Funeral expenses
  • Other economic and non-economic relief

Why Entrust Your Truck Accident Investigation and Litigation with Baum Hedlund?

Families continue to come to our trucking accident law firm for answers, guidance, and support after their family has been struck by tragedy. We have many years of experience advocating for clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation arising from serious highway accidents and other commercial vehicle accidents. Our verdicts and settlements demonstrate our dedication to obtaining results. We are respected among former clients and among colleagues.

From our years of experience handling complex truck accident investigation and litigation, we know how to effectively detect negligence and causes of the truck wreck, such as:

  • Negligent truck safety
  • Negligence in securing cargo
  • Speeding
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Driver distractions
  • Defective road design
  • Bad weather
  • Failure to enforce training procedures
  • Other factors

At Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, our truck accident law firm believes that the responsible parties should be identified and held accountable. We are also committed to advocating for safety improvements that will prevent future harm. There are usually a number of weak links in the chain of events which lead up to an injury or death – negligent truck operators, negligent supervision, poor maintenance, design flaws, failed parts, faulty reporting, etc. Each individual or group responsible for one or more factors may be called upon to pay a portion, or even all, of the compensation due the injured person or family members. Each of those persons or entities may be situated in a different state and the harm may have occurred in yet another state.

Due to the size, nature, frequency of travel, and speeds of trucks, federal and state laws strictly regulate the trucking companies and driver performance to ensure safety for other drivers using the highway system. Many accidents can be traced to violations of these regulations on weight requirements, speed limitations, or restrictions on the number of hours a driver can be on the road without rest. At Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, our truck accident law firm is skilled and knowledgeable in trucking industry laws. Based in Los Angeles, we represent clients throughout Southern California and across the country.

Ilyas Akbari conducts a truck accident investigation on a trailer.

Truck accident lawyer Ilyas Akbari, right, and an accident reconstruction expert, perform a truck accident investigation on the trailer, which injured our client.

Contact an experienced truck accident attorney if you are interested in investigating the cause of a trucking accident or want to know more about industry laws. We will aggressively pursue claims against negligent drivers and companies in violation of state and federal regulations.

Accidents involving commercial trucks require a high level of skill and understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules and regulations that regulate trucking companies. At Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, our experienced truck crash attorneys can assist you with any of the following:

  • Driver log falsification
  • Training and licensing
  • Smith system
  • Federal regulations
  • State regulations
  • Medical records of drivers
  • Truck accident investigation and litigation
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Truck accident fatalities
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Construction zone accidents
  • Weather-related accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Wrongful death law
  • Personal injury law