Accidents with commercial trucks aren't frequent, but when they occur, they can be devastating. If you are unfortunately involved in one, the best legal response is gathering as much evidence as you can. This type of evidence in particular can help you with a personal injury case if you're badly injured.
Photographs of Accident
Everyone today typically carries a smartphone with them while they drive. After a truck collision, you can use this device as a camera and take pictures of details relating to the accident site.
Pay particular attention to your vehicle and the truck. Take pictures of the damage that resulted. They can help show the direction both vehicles were going in and the speed before the impact occurred. You may need this data when pursuing compensation from the driver that hit you or the trucking company that hired the driver.
Information From Witnesses
If a commercial truck hit you on a busy road or intersection, surely someone watched the whole event take place. Instead of hoping these witnesses come to you, try being proactive and go out searching for them.
Talk to people that are near the accident site and see if they know what happened. Odds are someone that saw the accident stayed behind to help sort out this legal mess.
Once you find a witness or witnesses, get their personal information including their name and phone number. If your truck accident reaches court, your attorney can have the witnesses talk on your behalf.
After a collision with a commercial truck, there will be police that come out to direct traffic and also gather statements from however many vehicles were involved in the accident.
After you get done giving your side of the accident and providing your name and information, ask the officer for a copy of the report. It will be needed to show your insurance company that the accident did really happen. The police report also may be used in court if your attorney wants to go back and reference statements from you or the party at fault.
You may experience a lot after a collision with a commercial truck. They're massive and can cause a lot of damage with little force. If you are ever hit by one of these vehicles, take your time gathering as much evidence as you can. Then you'll better your odds of settling or winning in court.
If you need help with your case, contact a truck accident attorney.