Being in a truck accident has the potential for some of the most catastrophic results of any roadway collision. If you were in an accident and are sure there’s fault somewhere in either the truck driver or the company they work for, you may be looking for guidance on how to build your case or some starting points at least for what your next steps should be.
Your first step and best bet is to find and hire an attorney to work with on your case. Despite your attorney knowing what they’re doing when building a case, it’s good for you to have an inside look at what they’ll be looking for. Here are five sometimes crucial pieces of evidence that could make or break your truck accident case.
- Immediate evidence from the scene.
On-site investigation can be and is often the breaking point of some cases. It’s important that your attorney furthers that investigation once you begin working on your case, which is when he or she can request a court order if necessary. These court orders can involve impounding the vehicles in the crash to determine if the contents of the other drivers’ vehicles contain evidence that would point to the other driver’s state of mind or recent activities that may have been part of the cause for the accident. For this kind of evidence to be collected, action must be taken quickly.
- Witness statements from first responders.
Having eye-witness accounts to back up your claims of how the accident occurred will only help your case—paramedics, firemen, tow truck drivers, and police officers also provide witness statements that comment on the behavior of the driver and any remarks they may have heard in the aftermath of the crash.
- The defendant’s employment history.
Driving records, levels of experience, and any other documented incidents pertaining to the other driver’s employment history may point to a history of accidents or infractions or a lack of experience. The at-fault driver’s social media accounts may also provide evidence for both the driver and the company they work for. For example, if there’s a timestamp on a recent post or text message that aligns with when the crash took place, it could be incorporated into the evidence.
- “Black box” data.
The majority of large trucks on the roadways now contain devices that record data based on speed and a GPS. This data can prove that a driver was not operating within federal or company regulations at the time of the accident, thus proving the credibility of your claims.
- Background from the trucking company.
Similarly to checking into the history of the driver involved in the crash, checking out the history of the company they work for may not be a bad idea either. It’s possible that the company itself has above average accident statistics, citations, or other violations on record that would back up your case against the company as a whole. If the company was aware of the at-fault driver’s hazardous driving habits or dangerous conditions, a suit for negligence could be in order.
It’s important in the aftermath of a truck accident to get a reliable, experienced attorney on your side to help you build your case to get you the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today if you or a loved one has been in an accident and we’ll provide you with a free evaluation.
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