With so many trucks on roads throughout Washington state, it’s no surprise that truck accidents occur so often. When they do, victims can be left with catastrophic injuries and other extensive damages. If you file a truck accident lawsuit, include these things as evidence.
Police accident report
After a truck collision, police will usually come to the scene to assess the situation and create an accident report. Obtaining a copy of this document for your records is crucial if you plan on filing a personal injury claim. It provides details of what factors contributed to the accident occurring, which makes it good evidence to back up your case.
All truck drivers are required to adhere to federal laws regulating the trucking industry, which includes the number of hours they’re permitted to work. Electronic logging devices track this information as well as whether a trucker took or skipped their mandatory breaks for meals and rest. If the truck driver involved in your accident failed to take a break and was fatigued behind the wheel, these records might prove that they or the trucking company or both parties are liable for your injuries.
Photos from the scene of the trucking accident can show evidence of the damage to your vehicle and the severity of the crash. Focusing on your car, the truck and skid marks on the road can paint a telling picture when it comes time to build your case.
Medical records and bills
You should include your medical records and all medical bills with your evidence. Truck collisions often result in injuries serious enough to require ongoing treatment, medication and sometimes, surgery. You might also have extensive out-of-pocket expenses related to your treatment.
You might need two types of witnesses to testify in your case: those who saw the accident happen and experts who can attest to how the truck accident occurred. The former can possibly strengthen your case as neutral parties and the latter can help if you need the accident reconstructed to settle any disputes about how it happened.