Truck accidents in Texas can be devastating events, particularly for the occupants of smaller vehicles. Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that there were 5,096 fatal accidents involving buses or large trucks in 2018. In a typical trucking accident, the people in passenger cars suffer most of the deaths and injuries.
Accident victims can claim compensation
Surviving victims of commercial truck accidents are likely to have physical, emotional and financial injuries. If your car was totaled in a truck accident and you are now unable to work because of your injuries, you can pursue compensation for all of these financial damages by filing a truck accident claim.
Key pieces of evidence for your claim
There is no such thing as having too much evidence for your truck accident claim. You should gather as many photos of the accident scene, doctor bills and eyewitness statements as you can. Hopefully, the police were called to your accident so that you can obtain an official accident report.
If police were involved, there may have been charges filed against the truck driver that will help in your case. Other evidence to gather for your case will include:
- Results of alcohol and drug tests
- Electronic truck driving logs
- Security camera footage
How to prevent evidence from being destroyed by the liable parties
After a truck accident, there is likely to be a lot of evidence in the hands of the liable parties. For example, the trucking company might have video footage from inside the truck that would be important for your case. As soon as possible after a truck accident, you should have a lawyer send a spoliation letter to the liable parties. A spoliation letter is a formal request to preserve all evidence related to an accident.
With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you may be able to collect all the pertinent evidence to support your claim that the truck driver caused the accident. This may make it easier to pursue compensation for all your losses.