If you are hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. In addition to compensation for medical bills, you may also receive cash to pay for vehicle repairs or to replace other items that are damaged in a wreck. However, this is only true if you can prove that the collision was caused by the defendant’s negligence.
Obtain truck and driver records
If the defendant was driving on a suspended or expired license at the time of the wreck, that would likely constitute a negligent act. The same might be true if the truck the defendant was operating was not properly maintained. Licensing and truck maintenance records may bolster your assertion that the accident likely wouldn’t have happened if the truck that struck your vehicle wasn’t on the road.
Medical records may be key evidence
Test results, a doctor’s note or other medical records obtained after a crash may make it easier to assert that your truck accident injuries were caused by the defendant’s actions. Introducing medical bills into evidence may prove that you incurred a financial loss based on those actions. Proving that you incurred a financial loss is one of the key elements of negligence in a motor vehicle accident case. In addition to creating a paper trail, seeking medical treatment after a crash may help to minimize the severity of any injuries obtained in its aftermath.
Ideally, you’ll move to start collecting or preserving potential evidence in your case as quickly as possible. It may also be possible to ask for photos, videos or other information from witnesses or others who may have information that is relevant to your proceeding. If necessary, a judge may order the defendant to preserve documents related to the matter.