Success in a car and truck wreck lawsuit often depends on who has the best documentation.
Big cases of car and truck wrecks are won on many factors including the evidence and laws involved, the strength of case, and legal expertise of the lawyer. But cases can be weakened and even lost from the beginning by how well the on-the-scene facts are documented — yes, literally when you’re at the scene of the accident.
Here are several crucial facts an accident victim needs to document to ensure the best outcome for his or her case:
1. Driver Information
After securing the health and safety of all involved and making sure vehicles and the wreck scene are secure, your first objective is to fully identify all the drivers. Although there will undoubtedly be some initial anxiety, shock, and stress from the incident, this step is essential.
The necessary driver information to collect includes all driver license numbers, insurance, license plate numbers, all numbers on both the side of a truck’s cab (i.e. DOT number) and the trailer license plate (when the accident involves a truck), plus any other identifying information you can obtain. The more data, the better.
2. Vehicle Damage and Personal Injuries
The second crucial fact to document is to acquire as much evidence of the wreck as you can. You’re probably already equipped and experienced at doing that—with your cell phone camera.
Take photos of the damage to all vehicles—from every angle—as well as the wreck scene and any environmental elements that may have impacted the accident (i.e. sign hidden by a tree, stop light malfunctioning, etc.). Also, record any injuries you and others may have sustained.
Take as many pictures and as much video as possible as the only bad picture is the one you don’t take.
3. Police and Medical Reports
The documentation we’ve discussed so far is subjective. Second-hand documentation gives extra credibility and validity in the courtroom. Police and medical records are easy to obtain with a phone call and a little patience.
Lindsey McKay, lead attorney at the McKay Law states simply, “Facts and data are crucial to any good truck wreck case, especially at the scene of the accident. The amount and quality of evidence you provide usually have a direct correlation to the strength and ultimate success of your case.”
Document well! Document often! Document thoroughly!
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Whatever caused your collision, our attorneys will make an aggressive effort to come out with the facts. Once we determine why your injuries occurred, we can go after those responsible. Whether it was a rear-end collision on an interstate highway, a semi-truck collision on a state highway, or a head-on hit-and-run on a local street, we can bring the law, the evidence, and the financial pain to those who caused your injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck wreck, we want to help. After a collision, you may feel unsure about your future, and you’ll begin questioning your day-to-day tasks.
- How will you afford ongoing medical bills and expenses?
- When can you go back to work?
- Who will pay for the help you need around the house?
- How will you fix or replace your damaged car?
- Is your case worth taking to court?
- And more…
These are serious issues, and our legal team is here to help you find the best solution for your unique set of circumstances. We pursue all types of motor vehicle negligence cases, including:
- Car & truck wreck
- Drunk driving, drugged driving, or impaired driving
- Distracted Driving
- Texting while driving
- Cell phone driving
- Fatigued driving
- Excessive speed
- Road rage
- Poorly maintained brakes
McKay Law proudly serves clients in East Texas. Our car accident lawyers, truck accident lawyers, and 18-wheeler accident lawyers are happy to help you get the compensation you deserve.