Crucial Evidence You Need to Prove Your Right to Compensation for Your Injuries in a Truck Accident
When a negligent truck driver clearly caused your crash with a semi, you may not see the need to collect evidence that proves your right to compensation for your injuries. However, that is precisely what you must do because the trucking company’s insurance company will most likely try to deny or reduce your claim. You should have the guidance of an experienced truck accident attorney who has the skills to identify and collect the right evidence.
What Evidence Should You Have When Negotiating Your Truck Collision Settlement?
Some of the types of evidence you will need are the same as in car accident cases, such as the police report, pictures, witness testimony, and your medical records. However, other evidence is unique to truck accident cases, including the following:
Trucker’s personnel file. Truck drivers are required to meet certain requirements in order to be qualified to drive a truck. Obtaining the negligent trucker’s personnel file can provide potentially helpful information regarding his qualifications and training, whether he had a medical certification to drive a truck, and the results of drug and alcohol testing.
Logbooks. Under federal hours of service regulations, truck drivers are only permitted to drive for a certain number of hours without taking a break to prevent drowsy driving accidents. Truckers must complete a logbook documenting their hours working and resting. Examination of the logbook is the starting point in proving that hours of service violations contributed to your wreck.
Truck inspection reports. Truckers are also required to conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections of their rigs for maintenance problems and document the results of their inspections. Trucking companies have their own inspection and maintenance requirements. Examination of these records could establish that your accident was the result of brakes, tires, or other mechanical malfunctions.
Event data recorder (EDR). Also known as the black box, this device contains crucial information, such as braking, speed, and other driver behaviors. This can be used by an accident reconstruction expert to reenact your crash and provide other evidence to prove the truck driver’s liability.
Dash cams. Some trucking companies are using dash cams to monitor their truck drivers’ behaviors. This video footage may provide evidence, such as that the trucker was talking on a cellphone or texting, was drowsy, or was engaged in other negligent behaviors.
Were you or a loved one injured in a truck crash? Our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to help you obtain the evidence you need to prove the truck driver’s and trucking company’s responsibility to compensate you for your injuries. To schedule your free consultation, call our office or fill out our online form today.