The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 88,00 injuries resulted from large commercial motor vehicle accidents. In Texas in 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation has revealed that there were 3,531 fatalities due to automobile collisions. Accident scenes can be nerve wracking experiences, particularly when one knows little about commercial motor vehicles. Sometimes, individuals are too physically injured to understand what is occurring at the truck accident scene. Mistakes made the scene of an accident can later have negative consequences in potential litigation. This entry will explain the various important elements involved in the scene of an accident with a commercial motor vehicle.
Important Aspects of Truck Accidents
If individuals are not too injured to collect the following pieces of information after an accident, it is essential to understand various aspects of the scene.
- Accident Reports. If at all possible, accident victims should obtain early accident reports because commercial motor vehicle drivers might try to later change stories. It is also wise to collect information about the police officers on the scene.
- Eyewitness Reports. Eyewitnesses might disappear quickly, but these bystanders can provide vital information about how an accident occurred that might be able to convince a jury in potential litigation about how the accident happened.
- Insurance companies frequently employ investigators quickly to the scene of a crime. These adjusters while friendly in persona often have agendas that are contrary to accident victim’s desires. As a result, it is often an accident victim’s best option to avoid discussing the accident with an insurance investigator.
- Other Driver Information. It is important to obtain the name, driver’s license number, and insurance information for the other driver or drivers involved in the accident. It is also wise to record the other car’s make, model, year, and license plate.
- Many cell phones today include camera features. If it all possible take photographs of the accident including skid marks and damaged areas of the vehicles. Photographs should only be taken if the conditions are safe enough to avoid any further injuries. Noting the date and time of the photographs will further help to establish the details shown in the photographs. If a motorist does not have a cell phone camera or another type of photography advice, it is a wise idea to make additional notes about the scene of the accident.
- Vital Information. An accident victim should try to record vital pieces of information like what type of injuries occurred, the exact location of the accident, the time of the accident, the weather conditions, the license plate numbers of all the involved vehicles, and where each of the vehicles received damage. This information can simply be written down on whatever type of writing material a motorist has handy.
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