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What evidence is gathered at truck accident scenes?

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2021 | Trucking Accidents

The aftermath of a truck accident could reflect a chaotic scene. A multicar collision caused by a truck driver’s negligence might leave an incredible amount of damage on Alabama roads. Even a minor collision may total a vehicle and leave drivers and passengers with terrible injuries. Lawsuits and insurance claims would likely follow, and both require evidence to support any settlements. So, accident victims need to know how to gather evidence at the scene properly.

Evidence gathering at an accident scene

Gathering evidence might not be the top priority for someone involved in a truck collision. Motor vehicle accidents could leave victims suffering from life-threatening physical injuries. Seeking appropriate medical care might be someone’s first understandable priority.

When someone is not hurt, taking immediate steps to acquire evidence could be understandable. Procuring valid evidence may make things easier for someone seeking compensation for losses. There are several ways to gather evidence, and being thorough with evidence gathering seems like an appropriate move to make. Some steps might not even prove difficult.

Today, virtually everyone has a phone capable of taking pictures. Using the phone’s camera to take photos of the accident scene could result in visual proof of damages and negligence. Dashcam footage might be even better since the moving images may tell an accurate story about the collision.

Other steps for gathering evidence

Getting the names and phone numbers of involved parties and any witnesses should be a priority. Hopefully, the negligent truck driver will comply with reasonable requests.

Calling the police seems wise because the officers would write an accident report. Having the police called to the scene could assist with bringing a chaotic situation under control, and an angry negligent driver may calm down when the police arrive.

An attorney’s assistance might be necessary to locate some evidence. The truck driver’s employer may receive a subpoena for evidence, including electronic “break logs” and other records. Also, an attorney could send an official letter requesting the driver and the employer preserve evidence. An attorney could then advise an accident victim about legal steps to take in light of all the evidence.