Being involved in a truck accident can be incredibly serious, causing major injuries, immense property loss, and immense damages. When you’ve been injured as a result of one of these instances, you may be eligible for compensation, and that means you’ll want to pursue your legal options. Preparing for one of these cases may seem intimidating, especially when lawyers from the trucking company or their insurer are probably coming after you trying to pressure you into accepting a settlement.
However, by collecting a few important things that can support your claim and strengthen your case, you can drastically improve your standing and position yourself for a better outcome. In addition to having a skilled Martin County truck accident attorney on your side, here are three things you should make sure you obtain, as they can provide valuable proof for your claims.
Being involved in a truck accident can be catastrophic, but no trucking company is going to assume you’re injured simply because you say you are. You’ll want to be able to demonstrate not only that you are injured, but the scope of your injury, how it’s being treated, and how your healing is progressing over time. The easiest way to do this is to obtain medical records from your doctor who is treating you.
Medical records can provide documented proof of many aspects of your claim. They can not only show that you are injured, but that your injury can be directly attributed to the trucking accident you were involved in. They can show what kind of treatments are being used to try and help you heal, and how they’re working. They can even show how often you see your doctor. All of this combined also demonstrates the extent of the damages you’ve suffered in terms of medical bills and treatment costs.
Every time you visit the doctor, be sure you get a copy of the record of your visit. Organize these in an easily-accessible binder, and keep it readily available should you ever need to provide evidence of a doctor’s opinion or prove you made a visit.
Crash Site Evidence
If a picture is really worth a thousand words as the old adage says it is, then a series of pictures about the crash site could amount to a novel of evidence to support your claims. Pictures of things such as the damage to your vehicle, skid marks on the asphalt, traffic control devices, and so much more could provide proof of your claims and make a difference in the outcome of your case.
And the best part: you have the best tool for gathering this evidence right in your pocket. The majority of cell phones these days have a camera installed in them for quick snapshots. If you have the ability to, snap as many pictures on the scene of the accident as possible. If you can’t get them right then and there, return to the accident scene when you can and take pictures of things which may prove to be relevant for your case. Be sure to make copies of the files and submit them to your attorney, who may be able to utilize some of them when they fight for your rights on your behalf.
Black Box Recordings
Lastly, and perhaps the toughest of the three to obtain, all commercial trucks are equipped with a vehicle log recording device, known as a black box. This device records everything from the amount of time the engine is running to G-forces on the vehicle, and so much more. This data is important because it can often be used to confirm if any trucking codes or regulations were being broken at the time of the accident. For example, if the driver had not taken a break in well over the mandated amount of time, the black box will show that and your attorney can argue that they were negligent because of it.
However, getting ahold of the black box recordings can prove tricky. In some cases, an attorney may need to petition a court for a restraining order to prevent the trucking company from tearing the truck apart and potentially destroying the logs. Remember, trucking companies are not there to protect you—they’re there to protect themselves, and destruction of evidence can be a real problem in trucking accident cases. For this reason, you need to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case when you’ve been involved in a trucking accident.If you’ve been hurt as a result of a commercial truck incident, contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC at (866) 675-4427 to request a consultation today.