Motor vehicle accidents happen in Connecticut every single day, and thankfully, many of them are just fender-benders. However, when an accident involves a large commercial truck colliding with a passenger car, there is a higher chance of severe injuries and/or extensive property damage.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident with a large truck, you are probably thinking about filing a truck accident lawsuit. Here are three things that will be vital to a successful claim:
The accident report
It’s important to call the police after any accident, even if it’s minor. That’s because police will document what happened in an official accident report. Make sure to get a copy of your accident report as soon as possible because this document will be crucial.
Evidence from a spoliation letter
A spoliation letter is an official request to preserve evidence after an accident. Evidence that might be mentioned in a spoliation letter after a truck accident includes:
- The trucker’s driving record
- Driving logs
- Truck inspection reports
- Weigh station reports
Photos, videos and statements
If you were able to take photos or videos after your accident, this evidence should be saved. You could also reach out to witnesses who might have taken photos and videos of your accident. Even if you don’t have any evidence from the scene, you can obtain witness statements and take photos of your injuries.
It’s better to have more evidence than you need
Sometimes, the police report and some witness statements can easily prove who was at fault in a truck accident. In more complicated cases, more evidence might be needed to prove what happened. It’s better to take the time to gather all of the evidence that you might need just in case there are any doubts about liability.