Those involved in a truck accident are more likely to sustain severe injuries since commercial trucks can weigh over 20 times the weight of the average passenger car. When a truck driver’s negligence causes major injuries, you may be eligible to receive large financial compensation because commercial trucks are required to have higher insurance coverage limits than a car..
However, you and your Arizona trucking accident attorney must provide sufficient evidence to prove liability. Securing compensation can be challenging, especially when going up against aggressive insurance carriers and well-funded trucking companies. Preserving evidence of the truck accident is crucial to your claim’s success.
When a crash occurs involving a commercial vehicle, there may be many parties involved that were not present at the accident scene. For example, the driver may work for a trucking company that will likely have an extensive legal team backing them. When going up against these companies, having evidence to back your claim is vital to secure compensation for accident-related damages and expenses.
Various types of evidence may aid your Arizona truck accident claim. Evidence from the accident scene is often the most critical, such as photos, witness statements, surveillance videos, and police reports. Take photos yourself at the crash site of all involved vehicles and the roadway, from different angles and distances.
Remember, truck accidents are more complex and will require more evidence. Hiring a truck accident attorney soon after the crash will be the best way to obtain and preserve this evidence, including the electronic logging device (ELD) the truck driver used. ELDs document and record the driver’s hours to ensure they follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards. Delay in protecting the evidence often results in proof being lost. Other evidence that our capable lawyers may obtain for you includes:
You probably need a lawsuit to gain access to this type of evidence, as trucking companies will not normally cooperate with such a focused informal investigation. If you are not familiar with legal processes such as serving a subpoena, you should contact a truck accident attorney. They can obtain all the relevant information and uncover the circumstances leading up to the crash.
You must preserve evidence from a truck accident before it is gone, lost, or destroyed. For example, a different driver may record over the black box data. Furthermore, trucking companies may only keep maintenance and inspection records for six months to a year. What is even worse is that a trucking company may purposefully destroy evidence.
To avoid losing essential evidence regarding your case, you must act fast. Follow these tips to preserve evidence:
If you were in a truck accident in Arizona, do not hesitate to contact the Jensen Phelan Law Firm. With over 40 years of experience and a proven success rate with trucking cases, you can be confident that our attorneys will do everything possible to reach a favorable outcome.
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