Evidence and Investigation of Semi-Truck Accident Causes
Semi-truck accidents are an inevitability on the roads of this country and we must all endeavor to do our best when it comes to helping minimize instances of these accidents. However, despite your best efforts, there is always a risk you may be involved in a semi-truck accident. You may do everything correctly and follow the proper safety guidelines when driving yet still find yourself involved in a semi-truck accident that causes severe injuries. It is the aftermath of these catastrophic accidents where semi-truck accident victims will seek compensation for these severe injuries through semi-truck accident claims. However, this process will typically require a plaintiff to collect evidence and investigate the exact cause of the semi-truck accident.
Evidence in the Aftermath of a Semi-Truck Accident
When someone files a semi-truck accident claim, it is their responsibility to prove the negligence of whatever party was liable for the accident and their injuries. Proving liability is often much easier said than done, especially when the liable party in question is actively working against you.
Simple Things to do in the Immediate Aftermath of a Semi-Truck Accident
Due to the nature of semi-truck accidents, evidence in the immediate aftermath of the accident can often be difficult for those involved in the accident to obtain. Those involved in semi-truck accidents will typically suffer significant damage to their vehicles and person because of a truck’s immense size and weight that collides with them at great speed. In a car accident, it is recommended that those involved take steps to photograph or video the accident scene if possible and the same goes for semi-truck accidents. Certain details can be preserved this way that can be handy for building a case later.
Also, getting the information of witnesses that can provide testimony over fault can also be another useful thing to do in an accident aftermath if you are not otherwise incapacitated or in need of medical attention. Always prioritize your health first.
Police Reports of a Semi-Truck Accident
When first responders arrive at an accident scene they will do all they can to assist those in danger but in the aftermath, they will fill out a bit of paperwork that can be useful for a semi-truck accident claim. Police reports on a semi-truck accident scene will include information such as the time of the accident, the people involved, the weather, general info on the damage, injuries at the accident scene, and the perceived cause of the accident.
Semi-Truck Black Box
Many semi-trucks are equipped with what is called a black box. A black box is very similar to flight recorders used in planes. Their purpose is to record all the information of a truck’s functions and systems so that in the event an accident occurs, that information can be analyzed to ascertain exactly what caused the semi-truck to crash. These black boxes can record everything from GPS coordinates, the speed of the truck, and even if the brakes deployed during an accident.
Semi-Truck Accident Reconstruction
Semi-truck accidents can often be very complex and involve numerous vehicles which can sometimes make determining the cause of the accident a bit more difficult. Luckily there are resources such as accident reconstruction that can shed light on what exactly transpired. Accident reconstruction involves experts taking all available data on an accident and using computer simulation to create a model of what happened.
Contact an Experienced Florida Truck Accident Attorney
The best thing you can do when you are severely injured in a semi-truck accident is to seek a lawyer experienced in semi-truck accident injury claims. You technically could pursue a claim on your own but the odds of you successfully navigating the many pitfalls of insurance tricks and the legal process is greatly diminished. Insurance companies have everything they need to successfully deny a claim; as that is their goal since profits are their main priority. Insurance companies have the experience, personnel, resources, lawyers, and money to fight a claim to any extent necessary. If it turns into a “who can withstand the storm longer” type of situation, the answer will always be the insurance company when competing against an injured victim on their own.
It doesn’t cost you anything to get an injury attorney to look at your case. Likewise, truck accident lawyers don’t cost anything out of your pocket since they work on a contingency fee basis. This means they take a percentage of the settlement once the claim is seen through and don’t get paid at all if the injury victim doesn’t recover financial compensation. You or your loved one are likely significantly injured if you are even considering hiring a car accident attorney in the first place. So you should focus on your recovery while a professional works to maximize your settlement with the insurance companies and courts.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in the Stuart, Florida or Gainesville, Florida area, contact the experienced personal injury team at The Eberst Law Firm. We are ready to handle your case. You can contact us online or call us at 772-225-4900.
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