Anytime you are involved in an accident, you have to take note of everything that happens so that you can have a record of events that is accurate rather than trying to rely on your memory.
Truckers have 3 valuable elements that can serve as evidence in the event of an accident:
- on-board recording devices;
- driver log books (also referred to as record of duty status; and
- post-accident testing.
Knowing how to uses these tools to your advantage will make resolving your case that much easier. In many cases, the law attempts to take the side of the truck driver because they are professionals. Proving your case is that much more critical in getting the right outcome in your personal injury case.
Who's at Fault: Drivers vs. Trucking Companies
When it comes to collecting truck accident evidence, you can have a much easier time determining whose fault the accident is. That way, you can know who to go after in pursuit of the settlement that you deserve.
According to statistics, most accidents are the fault of the truck driver, but there may be instances where the trucking company holds responsibility, as well.
For example, if a driver is told to "doctor" the log book so that they can get a job done faster, the trucking company is just as responsible as the driver. Proving this can be difficult, but a log book that shows evidence of previous misinformation will help.
As soon as you are involved in a truck accident, you need to make a note of everything that happened. You should also contact a truck accident attorney right away.
They will be able to notify the driver and trucking company of their intention to collect evidence, such as the items stated above, and help you determine who is ultimately responsible for your personal injury claim.
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