The hours following a serious trucking accident are critical. This is the time to take immediate action to deploy investigators and experts, collect and preserve important evidence, gather information, talk to witnesses and provide informed legal counsel to your company and driver. Having the right people on the scene when you need them can mean the difference between a successful resolution and a significant loss.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rules and regulations in place that govern the collection of certain data and evidence following an accident, including drug and alcohol testing of professional drivers. In addition, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have procedures in place that govern their investigation of an accident. These agencies do not, however, have an interest in protecting the individuals or companies involved in the accident. And while they may have an interest in “collecting” data and evidence, the manner in which the data and evidence is collected might not always result in that information being properly “preserved.” Banker Lopez Gassler’s Trucking & Transportation Team has established rapid response protocols to assist clients who find themselves in the unfortunate position of being involved in such accidents.
BLG has a team of trucking lawyers with extensive experience managing serious post-accident investigations, claims and litigation. One of the services provided by our firm that separates us from others is our rapid response capability.
BLG Rapid Response attorneys are prepared to assist our trucking clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have assembled a team of outstanding professionals in the industry who are also on call 24/7 in the event of a serious accident, including accident reconstruction experts, field investigators and independent adjusters. With the assistance of these individuals, our rapid response attorneys can immediately begin the investigation of a serious accident taking into consideration our client’s interests with an eye toward preserving and collecting information likely to have a major impact during subsequent litigation.