Truck crashes can leave victims with catastrophic injuries and damages. After a devastating truck accident, the more evidence you have, the greater your chances for building a strong case and recovering the compensation you deserve. Fortunately, because truck crashes involve commercial drivers and other professionals in the highly regulated trucking industry, more evidence is typically available in these types of cases than those involving only passenger vehicles.
In addition to standard crash evidence like witness statements, medical records, and photos from the scene, evidence in a commercial truck accident case may also include:
- The truck driver's hours of service logbooks
- Phone records
- Hiring and training records
- Personnel file
- Work history
- Driving records
- Dispatch instructions
- Weigh station and loading dock results
- Results of post-collision employment drug and alcohol tests
- Commercial truck inspection and maintenance records
- The truck's black box
- Readings and reports from inclinometers, on-board computers, GPS navigation systems, and other high-tech devices in the cab
- And more
What does all this evidence have in common? If you guessed that it's in the possession of the trucking company involved in the crash, you're right—and obtaining this potentially valuable evidence isn't as simple as just calling the company and asking for it nicely. For the best results, you'll need the representation of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney with truck crash case experience.
Your Georgia truck accident attorney can send a preservation letter (also known as a spoliation letter) to the trucking company in question, informing them of their legal responsibility to preserve evidence related to your pending case.
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