Gathering Evidence For A Truck Crash Claim
Proving liability in a truck crash claim can be complex, with multiple responsible parties. Although the process is complicated, knowing what to expect can help you understand what key evidence is needed to get your truck accident claim started on the right foot.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
While the truck driver can be held liable for causing a truck accident due to negligent behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, and disobeying traffic signals and signs, the following can also be potentially responsible for causing an accident:
- The truck manufacturer/maker of truck components: Faulty parts can be a catalyst for accidents like tire issues, brake malfunctions, and steering issues.
- The trucking company: Ultimately, it is responsible for its drivers and how they behave on the road. If a trucking company does not enforce Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety protocol or cuts corners on truck maintenance and inspections, it could lead to a severe truck accident.
- The cargo shipper/loader: Many trucking companies are contracted to ship cargo. If the shipment is not sealed or loaded correctly according to federal regulations, the cargo company, shipper, loader, and transporter can all be held responsible for causing a truck crash.
- Contractors or government entities: A truck accident can occur when roads are unkempt and hazardous. As a result, local and state government entities and the contractor responsible for highway maintenance and design can be held liable for causing a truck crash.
What Evidence is Needed to Prove Who Is At Fault?
While the above parties can be held responsible for causing a truck crash, evidence is critical to proving negligence. Here are some examples of what you may need for your truck crash claim:
- Black box data (data recorders or dashcam footage)
- Truck driver logbooks
- Inspection/maintenance records
- Eyewitness testimony
- Photographs of the accident
Medical records are also an essential piece of evidence in a truck accident claim to show the severity of the injury and prognosis. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer assist you in gathering evidence is critical to increasing your chances of a favorable outcome.
When You Need Help After a Truck Crash, Contact Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C.
Serious injuries need strong attorneys. AtStrong-Garner-Bauer P.C.we understand how devastating a truck accident can be. Not only must you focus on healing from your injuries, but it can also be financially taxing on you and your family. When unsure of where to turn for help, we are here to protect your rights. Our Springfield truck accident lawyers are ready and willing to move forward on your behalf, pursuing the compensation and justice you deserve.
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