Commercial truck accidents can cause such enormous devastation that it is often difficult for victims of these accidents to know where to begin with building a claim. Like any traffic accident, it is important to collect as much evidence as possible at the scene, before crews clear the scene and evidence is gone forever.
If you or someone you love experiences a commercial truck accident, it is important to receive a complete medical screening as soon as possible, even if you do not believe that you suffered physical injuries. A medical examination can identify hidden injuries before they worsen, and creates documentation that you may find useful when building a claim. A carefully crafted claim built on strong evidence can help protect your rights and increase the likelihood that you receive fair compensation for your losses and suffering.
Documenting the accident
In the modern world, most of us carry cellphones with us, which is useful when documenting an accident scene. In addition to pictures and video footage of the scene, it is wise to look for homes and nearby businesses that may have security footage of the accident. Be sure to request this footage as soon as you can, so that it is not lost.
It is also wise to take statements from any witnesses, although it is important to mind what you say to any other party involved in the collision. In some cases, simple acts of civility such as apologizing to another party may create a misinterpretation of liability for the accident. While it is important to communicate with others around the scene, avoid saying anything that could imply your own liability, even if you suspect that you played a part in the accident. Until you review the evidence fully, it is important to protect yourself.
Commercial truck evidence
Commercial trucks feature two kinds of evidence that are not often found in other vehicles. First, it is important to ask for the driver’s logs. Commercial drivers must keep track of how often they rest while on a route, and the log may shed light on causes of the accident.
Also, commercial trucks contain electronic control modules that record different types of data about the truck’s operation and the driver’s habits, such as average speed, instances of hard braking and the driver’s seat belt usage. To obtain this data, you must request it from the owner of the truck, who is not always the driver. Be sure to request this data as soon as possible, otherwise the owner may delete it. The owner may delete the data because it is their property, until they receive a formal request.
Collecting evidence is a crucial part of building a strong legal strategy to protect your rights while you recover. As you build your legal strategy, it is wise to use high-quality legal resources so that you understand the tools that you have available to protect yourself and seek full, fair compensation.