Truck accidents often cause more damage than other vehicles due to their size. In 2018 alone, over 5,000 trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. Those who bear the brunt of the damage are often those in passenger vehicles. This damage can be damage to the vehicles, physical injury, and emotional trauma. Collecting evidence to prove a claim if you or a loved one have been in a truck accident in Illinois is essential.
Collect an accident report.
One of the first things you should already have if you’ve been involved in truck accidents is an accident report. Police create an accident report when they arrive on the scene, however, it is in your best interest to get a copy of this police report. Additionally, a truck inspector often gets sent in by the police to check for any issues with the truck, and you will want to get a copy of this too.
Witness statements and pictures.
It’s important to collect pictures of the accident, such as damage to the vehicle, skid marks, etc. If you faced any injuries from the accident, document that, as well as the names and contact info of those on the scene of the accident.
Collect documentation regarding the trucker.
In addition to the damages you’ve suffered, it is also important to collect information about the trucker who caused the accident. According to federal regulations, truckers must take a drug/alcohol test to see if the driver is impaired.
Gathering all of the evidence to make your claim isn’t easy. However, if you collect all of this evidence, you are far more likely to have your claim accepted, which means compensation for the financial, mental, and emotional damage you have faced.