Someone who has never experienced a truck accident would never be able to imagine how devastating it can be. Because of how big and heavy these vehicles are, they cause way more injuries and damages than other road accidents. And if a truck ends up hitting a pedestrian, the chances of them surviving are almost next to nothing.
The extent of damages is vast, and so are the financial bills that come with it. Therefore, it is essential to hire an Oregon truck accident lawyer to gather the proper evidence and pursue an insurance claim after a truck accident.
Necessary documentation in a truck accident:
- Trucking records and logs:
As per the FMCSR, trucking companies and truck drivers must record their hours of driving, repair records, and vehicle inspection records. The driving logs reveal how many hours they are allowed to drive before they can take a break. Many drivers do not follow the rules to rest and do not take breaks which causes them to experience fatigue. Many collisions take place because the truck driver falls asleep on the steering wheel.
- Alcohol and drug testing:
According to FMCSA regulations, truck drivers who get involved in an accident must undergo an alcohol or drug test. It is done to check for possible impairment that may have been caused due to substance abuse, which could have played a role in the collision. Usage of illegal drugs may also cause the driver to feel fatigued or impair judgment.
- Spoliation letters:
Your attorney can draft a spoliation letter for you to be sent to the other party. A spoliation letter is a formal document consisting of requests asking for evidence related to the accident. The opposite party is legally obligated to provide you with these documents. You can ask for truck records, inspection reports, dispatch reports, alcohol and drug testing results, etc.
- Accident reports:
When a truck accident occurs, the police usually arrive at the accident site and investigate the area. They speak to witnesses, check whether any traffic violations have been conducted by either party and note their opinions about the accident. They also check for vehicle defects, overloading of cargo, low tread on the tires, etc. You should obtain a copy of these records by visiting your local police station.
- Witness statements and photos:
You must take photos and videos of the accident scene, given that you are physically able to do so. Take pictures of vehicle damages, the road, your injuries, and nearby people. You should also speak to the witnesses standing nearby to understand what happened from their perspective.