According to the US Department of Transportation, there were over 133 million trucks in the United States in 2015. The majority of the trucks were used for commercial purposes, and include large trucks such as tractor-trailers. Interstate 75 and Interstate 4 are highly dangerous highways where many truck accidents occur. The cause of a truck accident may be a bit more complex than a typical auto accident. Some additional factors that may be relevant to a truck negligence case could be the driver’s qualifications, bad weather, cargo movement, and truck maintenance issues.
After a truck accident, make sure to request preservation of any crucial evidence related to the truck accident, such as video surveillance, the actual tractor-trailer involved in the accident, and any on-board truck data recording devices. In order to preserve crucial video surveillance, send a written request to preserve evidence to the defendant parties involved, including their insurers. Otherwise, there is no duty to preserve evidence. Often, certain evidence is kept for short periods of time. Making a request to preserve evidence is very time sensitive and can be a crucial part of your case.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, you should contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible due to the legal consequences that may exist.