Attorney David I. Fuchs
Aug. 4, 2020
When a semi-truck causes an accident, trucking companies can end up paying out large settlements and covering huge sums to pay for your damages. A truck accident can be devastating for its victims, but many trucking companies’ first priority will be their bottom line. Instead of paying a fair settlement to the victims, big companies will fight tooth and nail to keep from paying you the compensation you deserve.
Rapid response teams are a key part of the truck company’s defense toolkit. If you’ve suffered after a trucking accident, it’s important to understand how a rapid response team will affect your case. Reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident to protect your right to compensation. Evidence destruction and manipulation can seriously damage your case. Contact David I. Fuchs today to get started on your recovery.
Many rapid response teams claim to be a part of evidence preservation. A team may be dispatched to the accident site even before police and paramedics arrive if the truck driver calls in soon enough. This team is meant to gather evidence quickly and professionally, before interference with the scene can occur.
Unfortunately, a rapid response team is anything but unbiased. They are contracted and dispatched by the trucking company as a way to mitigate their liability and damages. Claims of evidence destruction, interference with law enforcement, and incomplete documentation follow rapid response teams wherever they go. A team arrives on site already seeking to protect the trucking company and build up their defense.
Not all teams are unethical, but it is important to remember that rapid response teams are not on your side. They have been hired by the trucking company to protect their bottom-line and build a strong legal defense against your case. They are not there to help you or to investigate fairly.
These teams are made up of legal and forensics professionals. Defense attorneys, accident reconstructionists, and investigators may all play a role in rapid response. These teams have personal experience with trucking accidents and know exactly what to look for on site. They may document skids in the road, injuries, damaged road signs, and more to show that the trucking company is not at fault for your accident.
Investigators may pressure emergency response personnel to destroy reports, downplay damage, or leave evidence collection to them. A lawyer may tell witnesses not to share contact information, advise the trucker not to explain what happened, or even skew the account in the trucking company’s favor.
If you are alone at the accident site but the trucker has a team of experienced professionals on their side, you are at a distinct disadvantage.
Truck accidents do tremendous damage, but it isn’t distributed equally. The sheer size and weight of a commercial big rig can crush your car while leaving the trucker unharmed. This means that while you call an ambulance for your injuries, the trucker has time to contact a rapid response team.
If a rapid response team arrives at the scene of your accident, it’s important to keep an eye on what they document and who they speak to. If you aren’t injured or have uninjured passengers, try to document evidence yourself. Get eye-witness contact information, take photographs of damage, and make sure law enforcement are documenting the accident site without interference.
If a rapid response team was involved in the aftermath of your accident, it is imperative that you hire a personal injury lawyer to work on your case. Truck accidents are already complex, but when a trucking company calls in their team, you know that you’ll be fighting an uphill battle for your right to compensation.
Don’t let a big corporation blame you for their mistake. If you’ve suffered a trucking accident, call David I. Fuchs as soon as possible. Don’t let your case fall victim to evidence destruction and manipulative insurance companies. At David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Attorney, P.A., we have over three decades of experience fighting for our clients’ rights and know what it takes to hold negligent parties accountable.