5 Important Kinds of Evidence in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Every successful truck accident claim is built on a strong foundation of rock-solid evidence. Without sufficient evidence, the insurance company will likely be able to deny or undervalue your claim. The proceedings might also be protracted since disputes could arise that send your case to litigation.
Keep in mind that much of the evidence in a truck accident claim could be time-sensitive. As a result, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible so he or she can launch an immediate investigation. A truck accident lawyer can also consult with various experts to assist in building your case.
Let’s explore a few types of evidence your attorney may use to strengthen your claim:
1. Official Accident Report
When police respond to a collision, officers will usually compile an accident report. This document can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of your claim. For instance, if you and the insurance company cannot come to an agreement on the pertinent facts of the case, an accident report could play a role in whether or not the insurer denies or approves your claim. However, suppose your case moves to trial. In that case, this document will most likely not be admissible as evidence (as, in most states, it’s hearsay). Even so, your attorney may use it to help build your case.
2. Photos of the Accident Scene
Take pictures at the crash scene after an accident. Photographs of road markings, injuries, property damage, and vehicle positioning may help your lawyer prove liability, causation, and damages.
3. Expert Witness Deposition
Disputes that cannot be resolved via negotiations between the attorneys on either side could send a truck accident case to litigation. During discovery, your lawyer might depose various experts to strengthen your case. Examples include medical, financial, vocational, and accident, reconstruction experts.
4. Surveillance Footage of Truck Accident
City centers are teeming with CCTV cameras. These all-seeing eyes now watch even intersections along out-of-the-way backroads. If you were involved in a truck accident, chances are one of these cameras captured footage of the crash taking place. However, if you hope to get hold of these videos, you will have to act fast. Much of this footage may be wiped within just a few days after your collision. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, he or she may be able to get hold of this surveillance footage before it is erased.
5. Medical Records
Your lawyer—and the insurer—will want to see medical records documenting the types of injuries you suffered in the crash, the seriousness of these injuries, the recommended treatments, and all related costs. The insurance company will be looking for evidence that you did not follow your doctor’s orders and thus failed to mitigate damages. For instance, if your doctor prescribed medication that you did not end up taking—and your condition worsened or your recovery was delayed—the insurer could argue that you were negligent and should be held at least partially liable for the damages.
Find a Truck Accident Attorney Near You
In conclusion, you could benefit from discussing your case with one of our truck accident attorneys. At Attorneys for All, we can put you in touch with a lawyer who has handled similar cases. Contact us at (281) 475-4535 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to find a truck accident lawyer near you.