Building injury and property date claims after a truck accident is a complicated process, and can feel overwhelming to recovering victims. This is understandable because truck accidents often cause massive property loss and physical injury, but it is important to collect evidence from the scene of the accident, and from the truck and its driver as quickly as possible. Otherwise, this evidence may disappear completely, making it much more difficult to build a strong claim and receive full compensation.
If you or someone you love recently suffered injuries and losses in a truck accident, you must make it a priority to gather crucial evidence while you still can. The more evidence you gather, the stronger the claim you can build, protecting your rights and priorities while you heal.
Documenting the accident
Like any traffic accident, each driver involved probably has a different account about what led to a truck accident. In order to understand the truth and seek the full compensation you deserve, it is wise to document as much as you can at the scene of the collision as soon as possible.
It is usually easiest to begin by taking photographs and video footage using your phone, if it is available. The longer you wait to do so, the more likely it is that the evidence will change. Rain, snow and road clearing crews can remove evidence quickly, so don't delay.
You may also want to look for any buildings near the scene of an accident, as these may have security cameras that caught the accident and provide a different perspective on how it occurred. Be sure to request this footage as soon as possible if you find security cameras, because most security camera systems only save footage for a few days.
Evidence from the truck and driver
Commercial trucks also contain several forms of evidence that other vehicles do not. However, you must request them quickly, or they may also disappear for different reasons. First, you can ask the driver directly to review his or her drivers' logs, which track how often the driver stops to rest and how long they rest during a stop. If the driver was behind the wheel for many hours before the accident, sleep deprivation may play a role in the accident.
Commercial trucks built after the mid-1990s include electronic control modules that record information about the functions of the vehicle and the driver's habits behind the wheel. The owner of the truck (who is not always the driver) must turn over this information upon request, but they also retain the right to destroy the data until they receive a formal request for it. Do not wait to request this data, or it will likely be destroyed.
The strength of your claim depends on the strength of the evidence you and those assisting you gather at the scene of the accident and from the other vehicles involved. Use your time and energy wisely to build a strong claim and ensure your rights and priorities remain safe while you work toward full recovery and complete compensation for your losses.