Preserving Evidence in Trucking Accident Cases

Accidents with large trucks, such as tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, dump trucks, concrete trucks, trash trucks, or other large commercial trucks typically result in catastrophic injuries or even death. If you were in an accident with a large commercial truck, you likely suffered severe injuries and may be unable to return to work. In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you will need to ensure that the evidence from the trucking accident is preserved immediately in order to build a strong personal injury case.

Types of Evidence To Preserve

Trucking companies and insurance companies often rush to the scene of a trucking accident, and critical evidence can be lost if not proactively preserved. Both the physical and electronic evidence will need to remain in its original condition to prove negligence. Some of the evidence you should attempt to obtain includes:

  • Standard accident information such as contact and insurance information of all drivers and witness contact information.
  • The “black box” of the commercial truck, which will record such data as speed, the braking history, the length of time a driver was actually driving (for drowsy driving allegations), the GPS, communications between the truck and trucking company, reports filed by the driver, etc.
  • Daily inspection records
  • Annual inspections, roadside inspections and daily logs of the truck
  • Maintenance repair log of the truck
  • Training of the truck driver and employment history
  • Complaints filed against the truck driver or trucking company

Contact an Experienced Trucking Attorney

If you were in a trucking accident, preserving evidence is crucial to building a strong personal injury case. We can issue a spoliation letter to all parties involved that may be responsible for the accident, including the truck driver, the motor carrier that owned the truck, the trucking company, or the trucking manufacturer. Contact an experienced NYC personal injury attorney at the law firm of Michael J. Redenburg to help you understand your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at (212) 240-9465 or online.