The negligence of a truck driver is impossible to prove without evidence. Acting swiftly to preserve and maintain all of the evidence available from a collision scene with a large truck is essential to establish a truck driver’s negligence. Collecting evidence and data in the immediate aftermath of a truck accident has a chance to make a difference for a person injured in a truck collision.
Winning cases are built on concrete evidence. Victims of truck accidents need more than one piece of evidence to prove their case. Failing to preserve and collect valuable evidence could deprive the victim or the victim’s family of receiving a cash settlement for their truck accident claim. Waiting too long or negotiating a settlement before all of the necessary evidence has been collected could mean the truck accident victim might lose critical proof forever.
Much of the evidence collected in a truck accident case will be the same as if two passenger cars collided. The evidence from the crash scene, witness statements, accident reports, medical records, and employment records play a significant role toward proving an accident victim’s claim based on the negligence of the truck driver or trucking company, just as the evidence would in a lawsuit filed by a victim in a crash involving passenger cars.
Federal regulations require trucking companies to preserve records and documents that could help a truck accident victim prove the truck or trucking company’s negligence. These records are equally as important as the evidence taken from the accident scene. Some of the records trucking companies must keep according to federal regulations are:
- Driver logs;
- Telephone records, including the records from the truck driver’s cellphone;
- GPS devices and other monitoring devices;
- Written or electronic communications;
- The truck’s event data recorder;
- Inspection reports; and
- Bills of lading.
Each piece of evidence could help an accident victim meet the burden of proving the trucker and trucking company’s negligence.
Our 18-wheeler truck accident attorneys represent those injured or families who lost loved ones in truck accidents. We invite you to speak with us about your case and an initial consultation, so contact us at 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529), or fill out our case inquiry form, or visit us in person.
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