What do Rapid Response Teams do After a Truck Accident?
Posted on March 23, 2021 in Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are often severe, and they can leave the drivers and passengers involved with significant injuries and property damage. The hours immediately following a severe commercial truck collision are the most important period for gathering evidence. One overlooked aspect of these cases is the fact that commercial truck drivers often walk away from these incidents with either no injuries or minor injuries, while passengers in traditional vehicles often have to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The truck driver is very likely to call the company that they work for, who will then call their insurance agency. The insurance agency’s law firm will then likely deploy a rapid response to the scene within the hour.
What Does the Rapid Response Team Do?
According to data available from the Oregon Department of Transportation, we can see that there were more than 2,400 total commercial truck accidents across the state during the latest reporting year. Unfortunately, many of these accidents lead to significant injuries or even fatalities.
When a truck accident occurs, it is very likely that the truck driver will set off a chain of events that ends up leading to a rapid response team coming to the scene of the crash within the hour after it occurs.
Why would a rapid response team show up on behalf of the truck employer or insurance carrier?
While the parties involved with the rapid response team will not say it, the goal is to minimize the liability of their side. The truth is that truck accident insurance claims could result in major payouts that the truck company insurance carrier does not want to pay. By sending in a rapid response team, the trucking company and their insurance carrier can build a narrative around their version of events.
Granted, rapid response teams should be deployed to the scene of a crash. The reality is that evidence disappears very soon after the incident occurs. At the scene of a crash, it is important to gather information such as the distance between vehicles involved, the length of skid marks, how far debris flew and the incident, where fluids bills accumulated, etc. All this evidence can be quickly destroyed due to traffic, weather, and the cleaning up of the scene.
The rapid response team from attorneys and insurance carrier of the trucking company will try to gather this information for themselves. Rapid response teams in these situations typically consist of accident reconstruction experts, accident Investigation experts, defense attorneys, and evidence gatherers.
Truck Crash Victims Need an Advocate by Their Side
If one of your first thoughts was, “Injury victims should also have rapid response teams,” then we wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, truck crash victims are often dealing with significant injuries and the shock of the crash. They will likely be focused on ensuring their safety and well-being. However, we strongly encourage any truck crash victim to call a skilled Oregon truck accident attorney who can get to work responding to the incident as soon as possible. An attorney will be an advocate for the truck crash victim, someone who can level the playing field with the other side.
Truck accident attorneys in Portland can use their resources and legal expertise to obtain all evidence needed to prove liability. An attorney will negotiate with all parties on behalf of the injury victim while attempting to secure a fair settlement. Finally, an attorney will be fully prepared to take a case to trial if necessary.