Investigating the Scene of a Truck Accident
The scene of a truck accident may appear to be one of destruction and chaos, but it contains the critical evidence of what happened and can help a truck accident attorney build you a solid case.
What Evidence Needs To Be Collected?
After a truck accident, an investigation needs to take place in a timely manner. If an investigation is put off, there is risk of losing crucial information that could benefit your claim. There are a few key pieces of evidence that must be collected, if possible, after a commercial truck accident:
- Photographs of the scene and all vehicles involved
- Black boxes such as the electronic data recorder
- The truck driver's log
- Any tickets received on the road or at the truck scales
- All necessary permits and licensing
- Record of the truck driver's previous employment
- If a drug or alcohol test was conducted, obtaining the results is necessary
- Government records such as truck company safety reviews, crash reports, etc.
These and other pieces of information can mean the difference between a successful claim and a denied claim. Make sure that your attorney has access to skilled investigators so that a thorough and timely truck accident scene investigation can take place.
This evidence and documentation helps attorneys uncover the causes of the accident and who is responsible for any injuries you or your loved ones suffered. The statements of witnesses can describe how the truck was being driven, what weather conditions were present and if anyone admitted fault immediately following the accident, among other key pieces of evidence. Photographs are extremely important, as they can show skid marks, position of the vehicles after the collision and other debris that give clues to what happened at the scene.
We will also study the driver's employee file to see if there are any prior incidents, and the company's driver logbooks and maintenance records to determine if driver or company negligence contributed to the accident in any way. Through our research and preparation, we are able to provide our clients with thorough and clear evidence during settlement negotiations or court, should attempts at settlement fail.
Contact an Experienced Goldblatt Singer St. Louis Accident Attorney
If you or your loved ones sustained injuries in a truck accident or if it led to wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and medical bills. We understand the extensive damage that can occur in a big rig, tractor-trailer or other large truck accident, and we may be able to provide you with the experienced legal counsel you need during this time. Your rights must be protected, and you need a strong and aggressive advocate to fight for your right to compensation.
Our attorneys are skillful and practiced in personal injury law, and we are also knowledgeable of the regulations that trucking companies and their drivers are required to follow. Our goal is to uncover the truth of what actually happened. We can create a solid, comprehensive case against the other driver and perhaps his company to help your voice be heard. We will give your case the excellent attention and guidance that you deserve, and fight for you to receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
Contact a Goldblatt Singer attorney today to discuss your legal options.