Truck accidents can be devastating to Indiana drivers and their families. These accidents are often more severe than the average passenger car crash due to the weight and size of a semi-truck. While trucks can sometimes walk away from these accidents without a scratch, smaller cars are often completely totaled, and the burden of proof rests squarely on the victims’ shoulders. When you bring a truck accident claim to your lawyer or the police, there are a few things they will ask for.
What can be used as evidence?
Most crashes that involve insurance claims or a lawsuit will ask for proof of the accident. This can include things like police and accident reports, photos of the damage and eyewitness accounts.
Other things that might count as evidence in truck accidents are any alcohol or drug testing that took place immediately before or after the accident. Electronic logs from the truck driver will also likely be used as evidence in the court of law.
How soon should you start gathering this evidence?
Regardless of the damage, you should start preserving evidence right away. If it turns out you were injured in the accident and didn’t realize it, you’ll want this evidence for the lawsuit or insurance claims.
However, pieces of evidence like accident reports or electronic logs aren’t always saved following an accident. That’s why you should work to gather all the evidence you can immediately after and ask the trucking company to save all records relating to the accident.
Why is evidence important?
Evidence like eyewitness reports, logs, and photos of the damage document the severity of the accident. In a court of law, you’ll want to prove that the accident was both severe and damaging in order to get an optimal outcome.