Most people know what to expect after an auto accident: You exchange insurance information, give your report to the police, and they piece together the evidence.
When it comes to a truck accident however, there’s a lot more involved. Evidence that is unique to truck accidents in Maryland includes:
Black box - This electronic device stores data that may be relevant to the accident, such as how fast the truck was traveling and what time a collision occurred. If the truck was equipped with such a device, you have a right to see that evidence.
Driver logs - Commercial truck drivers are required to keep track of the hours they’ve slept, breaks they’ve had, and miles/hours they’ve traveled. A logbook will help you see whether the driver followed legal limits for driving time and if he or she was potentially fatigued at the time of the accident.
Load information - Because trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, these trucks are carefully loaded so that the weight is evenly distributed. If a truck is overweight or improperly loaded, that off-center load can contribute to a serious truck wreck in Maryland.
Maintenance records - Commercial trucks have a lot of wear and tear because they are constantly on the road. It’s crucial that proper maintenance is done in a timely manner. The company’s records should indicate what maintenance was done or is scheduled. This will also show whether any maintenance was missed.
As you can see, the evidence accompanying a truck accident is unique and is more complicated than in a regular car accident. If you’ve been hurt in a truck wreck, it’s a good idea to hire someone who knows how to deal with these unique cases.
An experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer knows what evidence is necessary to prove your personal injury case and how to obtain it. To see why the attorneys at Nickelsporn & Lundin are right for you, call us today at 800-875-9700 for a free consultation.