How Is Fault Determined in a Truck Accident?
To claim compensation for your injuries after a truck accident, you must first prove that someone else was at fault. Proving fault means proving that someone else was negligent, or that they were careless or reckless and those actions caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. To prove that someone else was negligent, you need evidence. This may include:
- Police reports can be used to prove negligence to the insurance companies. If your case goes to court, the officer who filed the report may be called to testify about what happened.
- Trucks have what are known as black boxes that contain a lot of information about the truck at the time of the accident, such as the speed the truck was traveling and how long the truck driver had been on the road. This black box data can be used as evidence.
- Evidence that the truck driver violated traffic law, such as running a red light, can also be very helpful to your case.
- Using pictures from the accident scene, video surveillance footage, and computer software, accident reconstruction specialists can also prove negligence by showing how the accident happened.