The longer you spend out on the road, the more likely you are to be involved in an accident, so it’s almost inevitable that as a truck driver, you’re likely to be in at least one accident in your lifetime. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best driver in the world, you can never judge the actions of others.
So, what happens when you find yourself involved in the truck accident? Of course, like any motoring accident, you’ll need to make sure you’re collecting evidence, but what should you be collected and saved to help fight your side of the case? Today, we find out.
#1 – Official Police Statements
No matter how big or small the accident is, you need to make sure you’re calling the police and bringing them to the scene. While you or the other party might not want them, not only is this a sign of guilt, but you won’t be able to collect their statements.
Official police statements are essential if you’re fighting your case with your lawyer and will be a legally binding document of the events and everything that happened. Failure to get a police statement on your case could render you at a serious disadvantage.
#2 – Photographs of the Scene
While you’re at the scene, it’s worth taking some photos to see what happened. Make sure you get photo evidence of both vehicles, any damaged areas on the vehicles, the location, the scene of the accident and the surrounding area. Try and get as many angles as possible.
#3 – Witness Statements
If there’s anybody else around, such as other drivers, pedestrians or other people around the area, make sure you’re proactive in getting statements from them on what happened as these are more eyewitnesses who can help to paint a picture of what happened.
In addition to asking them what happened, you’ll need to take their name, phone number and address in case these witness statements are needed later on in the case.
#4 – Record Damage and Debris
On top of the photos you’re already taking of the damage, make a list of any damage that has been received to both vehicles. This is vital for your own vehicle because you’ll be able to see what total damages have been caused and what needs to be fixed.
However, you’ll also want to make a note of the damage on the other vehicle, so you know exactly what’s there and what damages they are listing, ensuring they won’t be able to scam you out of damages you didn’t expect.
#5 – Save all Medical and Income Records
If you’re suffering from any medical condition after the accident has taken place, or you’re out of pocket from work because you’re unable to work, or you’re on reduced hours, you need to keep a record of these changes and bills because you’ll be able to claim against them.
Not only are these documents prove that the accident happened, but they also show how you were affected and what damages you should be compensated for.
As you can see, there’s a bit of a checklist you can use to make sure you get all the evidence you need if you’re involved in a truck accident. Just remember, stay calm, stay collected, and collect as much evidence and information as possible to help your case. If you’re looking for legal advice on the matter, head over to Keller and Keller for more.