How to Find Evidence After a Truck Accident
Our Injury Lawyers Stand Up Against Negligent Trucking Companies and Their Drivers
Although trucking companies often employ tactics to escape liability after a truck accident, the injury attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson know how to locate and secure evidence that effectively shows the cause of the collision. We can also help determine whether a truck driver’s error caused the wreck, or if another act of negligence is at fault.
Several of our attorneys are skilled in litigating cases involving defective auto parts that lead to serious auto accidents. We also work on behalf of families seeking justice after fatal truck accidents.
Where is the Evidence After a Truck Accident?
A significant amount of information that details how a semi truck crash occurred can take many forms. Some examples of valuable truck accident evidence include:
- Injuries. Injuries sustained by the occupants in a vehicle may highlight the extent of the damage and help determine how the vehicles collided. If you are in any type of motor vehicle accident, then you should immediately seek medical attention to treat your injuries. Some injuries may not manifest until long after the accident, so medical examination and continued monitoring is always necessary.
- Vehicle Damage. All vehicles involved in the crash should show some signs of damage. Take as many photos as possible of the damage to your vehicle and the semi truck. Also, allow accident investigators to inspect all the vehicles before sending them for repairs. This can then help prove who is at fault.
- The Surrounding Area. Noting the condition of the environment around an accident allows reconstructionists to recreate the crash events. Do the roads have skid marks near where the collision occurred? Did road signs or nearby objects sustain any damages? Could the weather have affected the roadway? Taking pictures of anything affected by the crash can act as important pieces of evidence.
- Driver and Truck Information. Gathering information, such as the truck’s license plate number, driver logs as well as other documentation, can assist in revealing if a trucking company is guilty of committing negligent actions. If the company forced the driver to work excessive hours to meet deadlines or the truck was overdue for maintenance at the time of the accident, these factors may have contributed to the crash. However, try not to talk to the truck driver or anyone associated with the trucking company more than is necessary. Additionally, do not apologize or admit fault in any way.
- Witnesses. In many cases, people or video cameras around the accident scene may have seen the collision occur. Witness testimony can prove valuable in a truck crash case. Thus, recording the contact information of anyone who saw the wreck is crucial.
- Police Report. After a car truck crash, police will arrive at the scene and commence an investigation. Cooperate with police, but only state facts and do not speculate about the potential causes of an accident. The police will issue a report that may prove valuable for your claim.
What Should I Do If I Was Hurt in a Truck Accident?
The injury lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson have worked aggressively for over four decades to protect the rights of those hurt in truck accidents. We have a national reputation for securing clients the compensation they need to begin putting their lives back together after catastrophic personal injuries. If you were hurt in a serious accident, call our office as soon as possible so we can come to your defense.