After being in a
trucking accident, you need to start collecting evidence of what happened to bolster your
chances of receiving a maximized compensation amount from the liable party.
Some of that critical evidence is hidden away in difficult to find places,
and other important details might only exist for a brief period of time.
Take a look at what evidence you’ll want for your case and where
to find it now, in case you are ever struck by a negligent truck driver.
Scene of the accident: One of the most obvious places to collect important evidence is also one
of the areas most often overlooked: the actual scene of the truck accident.
If you are capable of investigating the scene yourself, do so as soon
as you verify that everyone is safe and unharmed. Key points of evidence
to find here are tire tracks, road and weather conditions, and how any
debris was scattered.
Interviews and depositions: While you are investigating how the scene of the accident was arranged,
you should also be talking to anyone who may have seen it unfold. Interviews
from eyewitnesses and depositions from officers or emergency medical responders
are often the tipping point that convinces a judge or jury that you are
not to blame or deserve some form of compensation.
Condition of the truck: How a commercial truck has been maintained can be a telltale sign of negligence
on behalf of the trucking company. Is there evidence that parts of it
are damaged or have failed before the crash? Are the tire treads worn
down? A proper investigation will look a truck up and down for defects.
Electronic on-board recorder: Many commercial trucks have been equipped with an electronic on-board recorder
(EOBR), also called a “black box.” An EOBR will generally
track the average speed of a truck as well as its speed at specific times.
Reviewing the data on the EOBR can reveal that the truck driver was speeding
or driving recklessly at the time of the collision. Trucking companies
do not have an obligation to share this data with you, however, and most
cases require a personal injury attorney’s help to actually obtain
a copy of the EOBR.
Trucking company records: A truck company will not run on just one tractor trailer. Reviewing the
safety records and accident reports of the trucking company that hit you
may reveal a history of negligence from the higher-ups. Perhaps they have
not trained their drivers? Maybe they aren’t performing background
checks? You will not know these key bits of information until you actually
take an in-depth look into their file cabinets.
Retaining Help for Your Investigation
Collecting, interpreting, and presenting evidence for your truck accident
case can seem like a pretty tall order, and it is. Before you get caught
up in the complexities, allow Duck Law Firm, LLC and our Lafayette truck
accident attorney help you create and manage your claim. We are proud
to be part of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers
of America (APITLA), which is a legal group that specializes in representing
people injured by commercial truck drivers. See what our 23+ years of
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