After being involved in a semi-truck accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 for emergency services. A police officer will arrive to gather evidence and create a police report. This will help your semi-truck accident case later. However, there is evidence you can collect following a semi-truck accident that may also help your case. If you are physically able, check on other possible victims and then wait for the police to arrive. Always be sure to receive any medical treatment you need even if you don’t feel hurt. Some symptoms take time to develop. The following is key evidence to collect following a semi-truck accident if you are able, that can greatly help your semi-truck accident case.
Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck Accident
Semi-Truck Driver Information
- Truck driver’s full name
- Company name
- Contact information of the truck driver
- Contact information of the trucking company
- The license plate number of the semi-truck
- Semi-truck information
- Insurance information
- Truck driver’s license number
- What the truck driver was hauling
If anyone witnessed the semi-truck accident, ask them to stay until police have arrived to take down statement from them. You should also ask them for the following information
- Phone number
- What they witnessed
Photographs of the Accident
Take photos of the following damages.
- Damages to all vehicles involved in the semi-truck accident
- Any injuries sustained
- Road conditions
- Any other damages to the collision area
Hire a Semi-Truck Attorney Immediately
Semi-truck companies are required by federal law to keep documents about their trucks and their drivers but after a period of time, they may destroy those documents. You need to hire a semi-truck attorney immediately after a truck accident. If the driver of the commercial truck was negligent, evidence needs to be preserved that can be used to demonstrate that the trucking company and its driver are responsible. An attorney can protect your rights by sending a special letter called a spoliation letter to the trucking company. After receipt of the letter, the trucking company will be forced to preserve the documents. If the documents show a pattern of willful and reckless behavior, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages.
Do not hurt your chances of obtaining a full recovery by waiting to hire a semi truck accident attorney. After the trucking company has destroyed valuable evidence that you could have used to prove your case, you may not receive as great of a settlement. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation with a semi-truck accident lawyer at 208-232-7274.
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