Commercial truck accident claims can be extremely complex. Unlike a car accident, multiple parties can be held liable in a truck accident injury claim, including the driver, the trucking company, the shipper/loader of the cargo, a third-party maintenance and repair company, or even the government (if neglected and damaged roads caused the accident). Therefore, the range of evidence that needs to be collected is much more vast than with a regular car accident.
Below is a list of some of the evidence you may need after a truck accident:
- Truck driver’s inspection records
- Driver’s phone records
- Driver’s employment records
- Driver’s log books
- Driver’s blood test results
- Police officer’s accident report
- GPS tracking
- Accident reconstruction
- Downloads of the truck’s onboard systems
- Truck weight
- Cargo information
- Truck maintenance schedules, records, and reports
- Witness testimony
- Expert testimony
- Your medical records
- Traffic camera footage
- Accident photos and videos
- Psychological evaluation
Documentation is key to a successful claim. The evidence will be used to not only determine guilt, but also figure out the amount of losses you may be compensated for medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations, trucking companies are legally required to only keep records for 6 months. As such, it is vital that you and your lawyer to act quickly. You can ask an attorney to draft a letter of spoliation, letting the trucking company know that it is now required to preserve all evidence relevant to your claim.
If you have been injured in a truck accident contact our Orange County personal injury lawyers at Law Office of Marshall Silberberg immediately. We can evaluate your case, advise you of your rights, and guide you through the entire legal process. Our firm has successfully recovered more than $500,000,000 on behalf of our clients and we want to be able to do the same for you.
If you’re ready to get started, call (949) 565-4281 or contact us onlinetoday.