Truck accidents can be incredibly devastating, causing significant damage to property and severe injuries. They often lead to tragic fatalities. With the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, accidents involving these vehicles are often much more complex than those involving passenger vehicles. One of the reasons is there could be multiple parties that are liable. As a result, gathering evidence to support your claim can be critical to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
One of the most crucial types of evidence in a truck accident case is eyewitness testimony. The truck accident attorneys with Penn Kestner & McEwen have some information on why eyewitnesses are crucial to truck accident claims. You’ll also learn about other types of evidence that may be used to strengthen your case.
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Truck Accident Cases are Complex
Truck accident cases can be much more complicated than typical car accident cases. Commercial truck drivers are subject to specific regulations, and determining liability can be difficult.
For example, drivers may face liability for an accident if they were driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, the trucking company may also be liable if they failed to properly maintain the vehicle or forced the driver to drive for longer hours than legally allowed.
In addition to the complexities of determining liability, truck accident cases often involve more severe injuries and property damage. The medical expenses lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from a truck accident can be substantial. As a result, it’s critical to have strong evidence to support your claim and ensure that you receive the compensation you need to recover.
Eyewitness Testimonies Can Strengthen Your Case
Eyewitness testimony is one of the most crucial types of evidence in a truck accident case. Eyewitnesses can provide valuable information about the events leading up to the accident and what happened immediately after the crash. This information can help establish liability and strengthen your case.
For example, an eyewitness may be able to testify that the truck driver was swerving in and out of lanes or driving erratically before the accident occurred. This information could indicate that the driver was fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Alternatively, an eyewitness may be able to testify that the truck driver was driving responsibly, which could help to establish that the accident was caused by other factors, such as poor road conditions.
Eyewitnesses May Have Photos or Videos from the Scene
In addition to providing testimony, eyewitnesses may have photos or videos of the accident scene. These images can provide valuable evidence to support your claim.
For example, photos of the damage to the vehicles involved can help to establish the severity of the accident. Videos of the accident can help to show what happened in the moments leading up to the crash and what happened immediately after the accident occurred.
It’s important that you know you don’t have to interview witnesses after your accident. Just get their contact information. Ask for their email addresses, names, and phone numbers. Your truck accident attorney will get in touch with them as soon as possible to find out what they saw.
What if No One Witnessed the Truck Accident?
In some cases, there may be no eyewitnesses to a truck accident. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have a case. Other types of evidence may be used to establish liability and strengthen your claim.
For example, the police report from the accident may provide valuable information about what happened. The report may indicate that the truck driver was at fault because they violated federal or state regulations. In addition, data from the truck’s black box may provide information about the speed of the truck at the time of the accident, whether the driver applied the brakes and other critical information.
Expert Witnesses We May Call On to Testify
In addition to eyewitnesses, expert witnesses may be called upon to provide testimony in a truck accident case. These experts may include accident reconstruction professionals, who can help to recreate the accident scene and determine what happened. They may also include medical experts who can testify about the extent of your injuries and the medical treatment you will require.
Other Types of Evidence Used to Strengthen Truck Accident Cases
Other types of evidence may be used to strengthen a truck accident case. For example, medical records and bills can help to establish the extent of your injuries and the costs associated with your treatment. Your lawyer can use pay stubs and tax records to calculate the amount of income you’ve lost as a result of the accident. Finally, photographs of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle, and the accident scene can help establish the accident’s severity and the impact it has had on your life.
Contact PKM to Speak with a Truck Accident Attorney ASAP
A skilled attorney can help you understand your legal options and guide you through the process of pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses.
At Penn Kestner & McEwen, we have extensive experience representing clients in truck accident cases. We understand the complexities of these cases and are committed to helping our clients receive the compensation they deserve. We’ll work with you to gather the evidence needed to build a strong case and advocate on your behalf throughout the legal process.
Our law firm has a long track record of success in helping clients obtain maximum compensation. Since we have a deep understanding of this area of the law, you can rest easy knowing that we’ll be able to handle all of the complexities. Insurance companies don’t intimidate us – in fact, we defeat them on a regular basis.