The heaviest vehicle on the Oklahoma road is the semi-truck, so it is no surprise why there is such a high number of accidents between these trucks and civilian vehicles. Although semi-truck accidents usually occur due to impatient passenger vehicle drivers, the fault doesn’t always fall on the civilian driver. The following includes a list of items you need to collect to prove that the accident was the truck driver’s fault and not yours.
Truck inspection report
Among the very first things that occur after a truck accident is the creation of a truck inspection report. A certified inspector may conduct the inspection, but in many cases, a police officer will do it. This is important to know because the report will not be included in the police report you receive. This is something you need to search for with the help of your attorney as it contains critical information regarding the state of the truck before the accident.
Perhaps the most common reason truckers get in accidents is because of fatigue. A black box may contain information about the hours that the truck driver was on the road and how fast or slow they were moving before the accident.
Although the black box information might be enough to prove your innocence, it doesn’t hurt to be overprepared for court. The following are additional pieces of evidence you may include in your case:
- Trucker’s personal phone records
- Traffic camera footage
- Witness statements
- Trucker’s qualifications
Collecting the right evidence could be the key to seeing a successful outcome for your case, but it is still possible to be challenged. It is recommended to seek the services of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help you.