Winning a personal injury claim can hinge on many different factors, but you will almost always need access to strong evidence to build a case that won’t unravel during proceedings. However, the types of evidence you might need can vary drastically from one case to the next.
In this article, we look at some of the types of evidence you might need to support your truck accident claim:
Electronic Logging Device Data
Commercial trucks are equipped with electronic monitoring devices that are constantly tracking important metrics while they’re on the road. Think of these devices as an electronic logbook for the vehicle that’ll store information about the truck’s location, mileage, and engine hours. In most cases, this tool is used to ensure that drivers comply with Hours-of-Service regulations. As such, if these records show that the driver was violating the law, this data could help you prove liability.
Photographs of the Accident Scene
You’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words; in a personal injury claim, the right image could net you thousands of dollars. Photographs of various elements of the accident scene could help your attorney or an accident reconstructionist piece together what happened in the moments before impact and help them identify the liable party/parties. As such, if you are physically able to do so, you should snap photos of different aspects of the scene, such as the vehicles involved, your injuries, debris, road markings, street signs, weather conditions, and other images you believe could help prove fault.
Surveillance Camera or Dashcam Footage
Videos of the accident taking place or showing the truck operator driving recklessly in the minutes before the collision could help demonstrate fault. As such, if you noticed any surveillance cameras near the accident scene you should note down their locations. Additionally, if another driver caught footage of the collision on their vehicle’s dashcam, you should ask them for copies of these videos before they are altered or erased.
Whether it was another driver, passenger, or pedestrian, anyone who saw the crash happen may be able to help corroborate your version of events. You should write down the names and contact details of eyewitnesses to share with your attorney during your first meeting as he or she may want to speak to them to determine whether their deposition could help strengthen your case.
Speak to a Detroit Truck Accident Attorney Today
Were you hurt in a wreck involving an 18-wheeler or company vehicle? Squaring off against the trucking company and their insurer alone can be a daunting prospect. Fortunately, hiring a skilled truck accident attorney may help level the playing field, giving you access to tenacious representation and the resources you might need to prevail during proceedings.
At Seva Law Firm, we are committed to helping injury victims fight for fair compensation in the aftermath of a serious 18-wheeler wreck. Contact us today at (248) 385-5704 or tap through to our contact page HERE to request a free case review.