Building a Strong Case: 5 Compelling Pieces of Evidence for Truck Accident Claims
Trucks often weigh multiple tons and tower over other vehicles on the road. In an accident, their considerable size can turn these large carriers into destructive wrecking balls capable of causing untold property damage and catastrophic injuries.
If you were hurt in a large truck crash, you might be considering filing a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your medical bills and other damages. However, a payout is never a foregone conclusion. While your own insurer might cover the costs associated with your medical treatment and pay for replacement services, if you suffered a particularly severe injury, you might need to file a claim against the truck driver and their employer to obtain additional compensation.
In this article, we look at some of the types of evidence that might play a role in your case:
1. Black Box Data
Most commercial trucks are outfitted with electronic monitoring devices that track important metrics such as brake application and the vehicle’s speed at the moment before impact. Such data can be useful in showing that the truck driver was negligent or driving recklessly. For instance, if this information reveals that the trucker was speeding just before the wreck happened or failed to hit their brakes, such metrics could help prove that they were at fault.
2. Dashcam or Surveillance Footage
Any videos of the accident could help demonstrate liability. However, as such recordings are routinely erased, you should take steps to obtain these files as soon as possible. If an individual or business is refusing to hand over evidence, an attorney can help apply the necessary legal pressure to force these parties to share any proof in their possession.
3. Photographs of the Accident Scene
Taking time to thoroughly document the accident scene could help ensure your claim starts on a strong foot. Using your smartphone, try to take pictures of any elements that might help provide clues as to what happened. For instance, snapping photographs of the damage to the vehicles involved, road markings, and street signs could help an accident reconstructionist piece together the events of this fateful day.
4. Eyewitness Statements
If someone saw the crash take place, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. As such, you should take down the names and contact details of eyewitnesses to share with your attorney during the initial consultation. Your lawyer will likely want to track down these individuals to determine whether their statements could help strengthen your case.
5. Official Reports
If police officers investigated the wreck, their official reports could help guide your attorney’s investigation. While you can request copies yourself, if you have not yet managed to obtain a copy, your attorney will probably be able to do so on your behalf.
Discuss Your Case with a Miami Truck Accident Attorney
A large truck crash can have devastating consequences, taking a toll on not only your emotional and physical health but also putting immense strain on your finances. At Viñas & DeLuca, PLLC, we are here to help.
Our Miami truck accident attorneys can meet with you as part of a free consultation. During this meeting, we can discuss strategies that we might use to help you obtain a fair settlement and explain some of the types of evidence you may need to build a convincing case. Contact us today at (305) 372-3650 or jump to our contact page HERE to set up a free case review.