Woodbury Truck Accident Lawyer

At the law office of Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., we offer extensive experience, knowledge, skill and resources to people in Minnesota, Wisconsin and across the United States, focusing our practice on civil litigation. If we are unable to settle your case for full value, we are always willing and able to protect your rights at trial. In our decades in practice, we have tried hundreds of cases and successfully secured the monetary compensation our clients so desperately need and deserve.

Twin Cities, Minnesota, Attorneys Protecting Trucking Accident Victims

Your first thought, after a truck accident injury, may be to contact your insurance provider. It is important to understand, however, that your insurer has a vested interest in paying you as little as possible. Your first step should be to contact a lawyer, someone who knows how to handle the early communication that follows a crash and whose objective is to protect you and help you receive full and fair compensation for your losses. Without a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, you will be thrown into a world where everyone knows what is going on except you. Insurance companies and their lawyers will find endless ways to delay, diminish or even deny your claim. You need experienced legal counsel at the beginning to protect your rights and your future.

At Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., we handle all matters related to truck accident claims. Once you retain us, we will immediately commence an investigation of the facts and circumstances of the accident. We will work with expert witnesses, including accident reconstruction specialists, to prepare and present the most compelling arguments for your financial recovery.

The scene of a collision must be examined and photographed by an investigator and reconstruction expert as soon as possible, since the condition of the scene will change rapidly with the passage of time. Tire marks, gouges, scratches and scrapes in the roadway, the resting position of the vehicles, and other physical evidence at the scene can reveal a great deal about the cause of the collision. The vehicles involved in the collision must be secured in order to ensure that no evidence is lost or tampered with. Oftentimes, in a crash involving a tractor and a semitrailer, only the tractor or the semitrailer but not both may be damaged. In such a case, within one day of the crash, the undamaged tractor could be hundreds of miles from the crash site. An undamaged semitrailer could be delivered to its final destination and unloaded, or the cargo on a damaged semitrailer can be unloaded and loaded onto other semitrailers to be delivered to its final destination. A damaged commercial vehicle can be repaired and back on the road within a week of the crash. Witnesses to the collision must be interviewed as soon as possible, while the details are still fresh in their minds. Therefore, it is imperative that you consult an attorney as quickly as possible following the crash so a prompt investigation can be conducted and arrangements made to preserve all of the evidence.

Additionally, the trucking industry is heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which requires motor carriers to maintain documents in the following seven major areas for a specified length of time: (1) driver drug use and alcohol misuse; (2) financial responsibility and insurance; (3) accident information; (4) driver qualifications; (5) hours of service (driver's logs); (6) vehicle maintenance; and (7) business records. All of these records should be reviewed in each case. Two areas, hours of service and vehicle maintenance, are time-sensitive. Motor carriers are only required to maintain copies of the driver's logs for six months. Motor carriers are required to maintain copies of the driver's daily vehicle inspection reports for only 90 days.

We have a comprehensive understanding of the laws and regulations governing commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and delivery vehicles. We know that the law requires that, whenever a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, the vehicle must be submitted for inspection and the driver must take a drug test. We also know how to read driver and maintenance logs to determine if noncompliance with regulations led to a crash.

Contact the Law Office of Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C.

Were you injured in a truck accident? For a private, no-cost consultation with an experienced Woodbury attorney, contact our office by e-mail or call us 24/7 at 651-738-8539 (toll free at 1-800-779-1466).