Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, so even a slow-speed collision with an 18-wheeler is likely to cause severe injuries. The costs of medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repairs can add up quickly, but if your accident occurred due to the truck driver’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for these losses by filing a personal injury claim.
In order for your claim to be successful, you or your accident lawyer will have to prove that the truck driver owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care, and the breach of duty caused your injury or loss. All motorists have a duty to behave in a way that does not endanger other people, so establishing a duty of care is relatively straightforward in car accident cases; however, proving negligence, liability, and the value of your damages can be a legally complicated endeavor.
This is where a personal injury attorney can help. Luke Dow is a board-certified accident lawyer in Austin who will interview witnesses, gather evidence, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free initial consultation at the Luke Dow Law Firm.
What Types of Evidence Will My Personal Injury Attorney Use to Support My Claim?
Even if it seems obvious that the truck driver caused your collision, the insurance company will look for any possible excuse to deny or undervalue your claim. Your lawyer may rely on the following evidence to prove negligence and liability:
- The police report;
- Photos of the crash scene;
- Testimonies from accident reconstruction experts;
- Toxicology reports – if the trucker was under the influence at the time of the crash;
- Eyewitness testimonies; and
- Data from the truck’s electronic data recorder (EDR).
- Hospital bills and receipts for other medical treatment;
- Receipts for necessary home modifications to accommodate a disability caused by the crash;
- Proof of lost income and benefits;
- Testimonies from medical and financial experts; and
- Vehicle repair receipts.
Also called a “black box,” an electronic data recorder tracks information about a truck driver’s behavior such as high speed, average speed, and hours on the road. Data from the black box may help your attorney prove negligence and liability; for example, it may show that the trucker was speeding just before the collision or that he or she violated the Hours of Service Regulations.
If you were injured by a drunk, distracted, or reckless truck driver and you intend to file a personal injury claim, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow will help you avoid costly mistakes during the claims process, and he will relentlessly help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 512-518-4104 to arrange a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Austin.