The aftermath of a truck accident could be a chaotic scene. A massive truck may cause significant damage to other vehicles and nearby property along with inflicting severe injuries on victims. Massachusetts accident victims may intend to take legal action against a negligent truck driver, which requires compiling evidence.
Critical steps after a truck accident
After being involved in a truck accident, gathering evidence is extremely important, but seeking medical care takes precedence. Accident victims may suffer life-threatening injuries and not know it. Drivers and passengers understandably might worry about their health and well-being more than anything else.
Medical records and doctor reports also serve as evidence. Victims of truck accidents may have injury claims, so the medical reports would detail the treatments, and hospital bills reveal the costs.
Those who don’t require immediate medical attention could work to gather evidence at the accident scene. If a vehicle has a dashcam, the video footage may prove enormously helpful. Taking photographs at the accident scene, including all vehicles and property damaged, further captures what happened. Pictures of the truck may reveal maintenance problems that caused the crash.
Additional evidence from the crash
Contacting the police could lead to compiling further evidence. A police report might help someone planning litigation if law enforcement tests the truck driver for alcohol or drugs.
Witness statements might also be valuable as an onlooker could reveal that the truck driver was texting and did not see a red light. Maybe a witness has photographic evidence that might support negligence claims.
Preserving evidence is often necessary when filing a claim against a truck company. A formal letter to preserve evidence puts a truck driver and their employer on notice to not delete or destroy anything related to the case.