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What evidence do you need for your truck accident lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

Truck accidents cause some of the most severe injuries on Maryland roads due to the size of the vehicles involved. If you survived a truck accident and sustained major injuries, you may decide to pursue a lawsuit. To have the best case possible, you will need to gather evidence.

Records from the vehicle

In many truck accidents, the best evidence comes from the truck itself. The court may accept evidence from the following:

  • Black boxes
  • On-board computers or recording devices
  • GPS devices
  • Satellite-tracking systems

Truck maintenance records

The law mandates that all commercial trucks maintain strict records of their maintenance. If a commercial truck hits you due to a mechanical failure, the maintenance records or lack thereof may be able to assist in your lawsuit.

Crash scene evidence

Some of the most crucial evidence comes from the scene of the motor vehicle accident. Both forensic evidence from the crash and statements from everyone involved may help you during your lawsuit.

Important crash scene evidence may include:

  • Police reports
  • Skid marks
  • Witness testimony
  • Video and photography of the crash
  • Any damage to the crash site properly
  • Vehicle debris

Truck driver’s records

Some accidents may occur due to reckless driving or irresponsible actions of the truck driver. In these instances, the court may allow certain files related to the driver’s history as part of your trial evidence. These files include:

  • Job application
  • Background records
  • Training and testing information
  • Driver review records
  • Previous accident reports
  • Hiring records
  • Records relating to the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

Importance of evidence

Although gathering evidence may seem like a hassle, the right type of evidence may make a significant difference in the outcome of your civil lawsuit.