How Do I Find Out What Caused My Trucking Accident?

Traditionally, accident victims had to rely on police reports and witness statements to understand how and why an accident occurred. Today, there are other key ways to get information about an accident: information from government agencies and data from high tech devices.

The truck accident lawyers at Whiting Law Group, Ltd. understand how difficult it can be to identify the right legal action if you are in a trucking accident and you’re unsure about what caused it. Below we discuss some of the ways you can obtain information regarding how and why your truck accident occurred.

Government Agencies

Federal and state regulations require that a certified truck inspector inspects any commercial truck and trailer involved in an accident before it is removed from the scene. This report reveals the condition of all of the important mechanical parts of the truck and trailer. These reports are not part of a local police report. Instead, they must be obtained from the appropriate government agency.

Data From High Tech Devices

When a plane crashes, the first thing officials recover is the “black box”. The trucking industry is now using devices similar to black boxes that record all sorts of information, including how fast the truck was going, patterns of speed, when the driver used his or her breaks, and even how long the driver had been on the road.

Many of these devices are also used in the automotive industry, such as onboard computers and global positioning systems (GPS). Others are specific to the trucking industry such as inclinometers, which are devices that provide information about the angles of a slope and how to round corners safely.

If you are in a trucking accident, it is critical that you make sure data from high-tech equipment is preserved. Otherwise, it might be erased as part of the regular routine of the company.

Consult an attorney

Whiting Law Group takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then Mr.Whiting and his team of accident and injury trial lawyers personally invite you to contact them for a free consultation toll free at 1-877-936-7200 or by email at There is no fee unless we win your case.


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