Every day, large commercial trucks travel the highways of Alabama right alongside much smaller passenger cars. When large trucks are involved in motor vehicle accidents, the consequences can be very serious, especially for the occupants of the smaller cars.
If you were injured in a truck accident, you know that bills can start to pile up fast. Maybe you need a new car after your old one was totaled, or maybe you had to stay at the hospital for several days. To receive the most compensation for your truck accident claim, you’ll need to gather as much evidence as possible.
An official police accident report can be one of the most important pieces of evidence in your claim. If the truck driver was at fault, the police report may contain key findings in the initial investigation, such as the driver’s blood alcohol level. If charges were filed against the truck driver, you should also get a copy of the criminal record.
Photos and videos
If you weren’t too badly injured to take photos and videos at the scene, that evidence could really help your claim. Even if you couldn’t get photos yourself, some bystanders at the scene may have gotten some images. You should try to track down any photo or video evidence of your accident. Also, don’t forget to document your injuries and recovery process.
Some evidence in truck accident claims can be obtained from the electronic logging devices, or ELDs, that all commercial trucks are equipped with. These devices hold records of a trucker’s driving schedule, including hours worked and breaks taken. If you are concerned that the trucking company may try to hide these records, talk to an attorney about sending a spoliation letter, which is a formal request to preserve evidence.