When you find yourself involved in a catastrophic truck accident, it helps to take the necessary steps to protect your rights. Obtaining evidence is one of the most critical steps of all. Knowing what documents to collect can set your claim up in a favorable position, allowing you to have confidence when pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Below, we’ll explain some of the things you should get after a truck accident.
The Truck Driver’s CDL
Politely request the truck driver’s commercial license. Every truck driver should have this, and it helps you identify who you’re speaking to about the crash. You can get the truck driver’s contact information, which you want to provide to your legal team.
The Trucking Company’s Name and Insurance Information
In some situations, the trucking company may hold part of the responsibility. Ensure you request the name of the company the driver works for and what insurance company they have. Filing a claim through the driver’s or company’s insurance provider helps you seek the compensation you need.
Photos of the Accident
Pictures can tell an entire story about what happened and who may be at fault. Immediately after the crash — while evidence is still fresh — you should take pictures that help build your case. The photos you take should include the following:
- The accident scene, including signs of negligence such as tire marks or missing roadway signs
- The damage to all vehicles, including where on your vehicle the truck may have hit
- The visible injuries you sustain, including bruises, lacerations, broken bones, etc.
At Walner Law®, we know how difficult it can be to endure the aftermath of a truck accident. As such, our Chicago truck accident attorneys aim to safeguard your rights and pursue compensation that helps you move forward with confidence. Let us give you the voice to hold negligence accountable.