At Dollar, Burns & Becker, we care about a lot more than the case. We understand that losing a loved one in a violent truck crash is a traumatic event that can change a family forever. We believe that compassion for victims and their families goes hand in hand with vigorous pursuit of those responsible.
It was that kind of compassion that brought attorney Jeffrey Burns to a life-changing decision. He didn’t set out to be arguably the most respected truck crash attorney in the nation, but sometimes fate has a plan for you. “Many years ago,” Burns recalls, “my first truck crash case was representing a friend who had lost his daughter and two little granddaughters, ages 6 and 9, in a triple fatality crash involving a fatigued driver. I had a daughter about the age of the younger girl at the time,” he notes, “and the more I learned about the trucking industry through that case, the more afraid I was of putting my family on the highway. In fact, 1 in every 5 truck drivers admits to have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days.”
“That first case was a life-changing event for me,” states Burns. “I told my friend from that day on I was going to make a difference.” Burns spent much of the next two years in Washington, D.C., working on industrywide issues, trying to get safety rules changed, and advocating for more enforcement and more public awareness of the problem. “No one had heard of truck driver fatigue then and it still doesn’t have the public awareness it needs,” he notes.
Attorney Tim Becker also represents victims of horrific truck crashes. “An important part of the firm’s work is to provide comfort and especially hope for the families,” he notes. “I am constantly dealing with families who have lost loved ones, often days after it happened.”
“When we first meet them,” Becker says, “they are at the absolute lowest point of their lives. A year or two later, we see them come around and have that hope and sense of purpose back, pursuing the case to prevent it from happening to another family.”
“There’s a reason the crash happened and we can tell the families with absolute certainty we will find out exactly what happened,” Becker explained. “Because we handle more trucking cases than any other firm in the country, we know the patterns, we know what to look for, we know what documents they’re supposed to have, and we know what their drivers are supposed to do, and that’s why we can effectively get to the truth. That’s a comfort to people.”
It’s important to contact us immediately if you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck crash. Investigating crime scenes and preserving evidence needs to be done as quickly as possible, usually within 48 hours of the crash. We can often be on a plane the next day after we’re contacted.