Although evidence is important in every motor vehicle accident case, it could not be more crucial in the case of commercial truck accidents. There are a few key pieces of evidence that prove valuable when determining fault. This evidence is integral to collecting compensation. Here’s what you need to know about investigating a commercial truck accident. Learn how you can get the help you need from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Documenting the Scene of the Accident
After everyone receives medical attention, photographs will be taken. Accident reconstructionists and police officers will do their best to piece together what happened to cause the collision. This is done by looking at the position of the vehicles after the crash. They also review where the damage is located and how severe it is on each vehicle involved.
Looking at the Record of Duty Log
One of the first things to secure and examine after a commercial truck accident is the record of duty log. This is where a truck driver records his or her hours spent driving and not driving, the route taken, and where the driver stopped. This can become significant if evidence shows the driver operated the truck for more than the legally allowed amount of hours. Or, if the driver stopped at a bar or liquor store and then immediately resumed driving.
Evaluating Computer Data
Paper logs were used many years ago. However, today’s trucks are equipped with a black box that houses a computer which records important data. For example, this data may reveal how fast the truck driver was going just before the accident occurred. It also tells if the brakes were applied before the accident. Black box data can be quickly overwritten or deleted. Therefore, it’s important that an attorney secure this information as quickly as possible after the crash.
Contact Sarkisian Law Offices Today
At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we can provide you with comprehensive legal advocacy after a commercial truck accident. We know the importance of securing as much evidence as possible. We will work hard from the get-go to help you form a rock solid case. Contact us today for a consultation to learn more about your rights as the victim of a truck collision at 219-733-8904 or 219-733-8904.