You’ve driven the same Ohio roads countless times without incident. Suddenly, without warning, you’re in an accident involving a gigantic truck. Even if you’re not severely physically injured, you may still be left with significant damages. To increase your chances of having a successful claim, the following is evidence needed for your truck accident lawsuit.
Black box data
Trucks are equipped with data recorders known as black boxes. These devices are crucial in motor vehicle accidents; they show the speed of the truck and whether the brakes were used before or during your accident.
Electronic logging devices
Legally, truckers can only drive for a certain length of time before taking rest breaks. This information must be recorded in electronic logging devices. If you were in a truck accident, this data can determine whether the truck driver took a mandatory rest break.
Police accident report
If you or someone else called 911 after your accident, the police should have arrived at the scene. Typically, an officer creates an accident report including all the details of how it occurred and other information. This is an important piece of evidence for your truck accident lawsuit.
Federal law requires commercial trucks to undergo regular maintenance to ensure they are safe to travel and share the road with other vehicles. Maintenance records can show if the truck had or needed repairs and whether the truck was in optimal condition at the time of your accident. This information may also show which party is liable for your damages.
Alcohol and drug testing
Alcohol and drug testing records are crucial evidence for your claim. They can show whether the truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident and prove liability in your case.
Having robust evidence after a truck accident can strengthen your claim. Seeking medical attention also adds to your case. Even if you feel fine, it’s best to be cautious.