Trucking accidents are generally substantial cases that cause a great deal of damage and require a great deal of investigation and research. In order to successfully prove a trucking accident injury claim, the victim’s attorney will have to identify and preserve numerous types of evidence, including certain truck driver records.
Types of Truck Accident Evidence
Some of the evidence will be in regards to the truck itself, such as maintenance and repair records. Some evidence will pertain to the scene of the accident, such as weather conditions, eyewitness reports, and video footage.
Much of the evidence that will likely be useful, however, will be about the truck driver. If the truck driver was negligent, poorly trained, broke state or federal truck driving rules, or otherwise should not have been behind the wheel of a rig, the trucking company may be liable for the victim’s damages. This is why it’s crucial for truck accident lawyer to collect any and all pertinent information they can about the truck driver.
It’s prudent to mention that if you or your loved one has been in a truck accident, you should call a lawyer straightaway. Trucking companies tend to “lose” or destroy important evidence. However, your attorney can send a spoliation letter that demands the company preserve certain evidence. The sooner you send this letter, the better.
Types of Driver-Specific Evidence
Below are some of the types of evidence your attorney may pursue to support your case.
- Records from former employers, including application for employment, incident reports, and disciplinary actions. (If the truck driver was dismissed or reprimanded at a prior post for negligence, it can be argued that the current trucking company was negligent for hiring the driver.)
- Medical records
- Cell phone records
- DOT records
- Training records
- The truck driver’s entire file from the trucking company
- The driver’s logs (Many truck accident claims benefit from evidence contained in a truck driver’s log. For instance, if the driver overstepped the federal rules on driving hours, or provided falsehoods in the log, the evidence might prove the driver’s negligence or the company’s negligent supervision.)
Get Help from a Truck Accident Lawyer in Atlanta
If you or your loved one was injured in a truck accident in Atlanta, call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. for help. Contact the office today to schedule a free consultation: 404-474-0804.