Semi-trucks, flatbeds, and other large commercial trucks can also cause horrific damage in an accident. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a commercial truck wreck, you may be interested in taking legal action against the at-fault party. A truck crash injury claim or wrongful death claim may allow you to recover financial compensation for damages like medical bills and vehicle damage and hold the liable party accountable. However, your claim must be supported by strong evidence to be successful.
Holding Trucking Companies Liable for Damages Caused in a Crash
Bringing a successful claim against a trucking company is no easy feat. Carriers want to avoid liability and minimize payouts whenever possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you gather evidence and use it to build a compelling case against the trucking company and/or other at-fault parties. Even more importantly, a skilled attorney can take the appropriate action to preserve this evidence so it is not lost or destroyed.
Examples of evidence that may be valuable to your truck accident case include:
- The truck’s event data recorder (EDR) – Most commercial trucks and some privately-owned vehicles are equipped with a device that records information about the vehicle’s speed, braking, steering, and other vehicle and occupant information immediately before, during, and after the crash.
- Video footage of the crash – Video evidence from dash cameras, traffic cameras, and security cameras is often crucial to truck accident cases.
- Witness statements – Individuals who witnessed the crash first-hand can testify about what happened. It is important that witness statements are secured soon after the accident when the memory of the event is still fresh in the witnesses’ minds.
- 911 transcripts and police reports – These items may contain useful information about what happened during and immediately after the crash.
- Accident scene evidence – Skidmarks, vehicle damage, vehicle debris, and damage to surrounding property can all be used to piece together what happened during a collision.
- Electronic logbooks – Commercial truck drivers must keep track of when they are driving and when they are resting. The logbook may show evidence of FMCSA Hours of Service violations which can lead to fatigued driving.
Each case is different, and this list is not exhaustive. An injury attorney experienced in truck accident cases can determine what types of evidence are most beneficial to your case and take the necessary steps to gather and preserve this evidence.
Contact a Green Bay Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were involved in a serious truck wreck, contact Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. for legal guidance right away. Our team of accomplished Appleton personal injury attorneys can help you build a compelling claim against the at-fault party and seek financial reimbursement for your damages. Call us at . today for a free consultation.