Investigating Trucking Companies

Helping accident victims in Middle Georgia

If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, either the driver or trucking company, or both, could be held legally responsible. But neither is likely to admit to being negligent. The legal team at Jon R. Hawk, Sr., LLC knows where to look for evidence that determines fault and can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Trucking companies have their own attorneys and legal teams. When one of their trucks is involved in an accident, it’s not unusual for one of their investigators to quickly appear on the scene. They’re looking for evidence of what happened, too. But they are not going to share it with you. That’s why you need Macon truck accident attorney Jon R. Hawk on your side.

Jon takes quick action to investigate the trucking company, as much of the information is in their possession. Some of the information he’ll look at includes:

  • Hours spent driving: Federal law limits the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road each day and each week. Truckers must also take regular breaks. Drivers are required to keep hours of service (HOS) logs as proof that they are following these regulations. Logs that show a driver exceeded the maximum hours of service are evidence of negligence.
  • Driver’s background: Trucking companies are required to check the qualifications and driving record before hiring them. This is designed to keep unqualified and reckless drivers off the road. Jon will seek hiring and supervision records for the driver to see if there were any signs of trouble and if the company was negligent in its hiring.
  • Truck maintenance: Trucking companies must keep their trucks regularly maintained and repair any problems promptly. Jon will seek the truck’s maintenance records to see if the company met this responsibility.
  • Driving data: Most trucks have “black boxes”—also called electronic control modules or event data recorders. These devices record information about the operation of the truck, such as speed and braking patterns. Jon will seek this information which can help determine if the driver was operating the truck safely.

In his 20-year legal career, Jon has represented many victims of truck accidents and knows the impact their injuries can have on their lives. He is determined to take on the trucking companies and their insurance carriers to help victims recover the financial compensation they need.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, talk to Jon R. Hawk as soon as possible. Acting quickly can help us preserve evidence that helps us build a stronger case on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.