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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Truck Accident on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
Preserving Evidence After a Truck Accident: What Is That And Why Is It So Important?

If you have recently been involved in a trucking accident, remember (or write down) these two words: preserving evidence. Wait, what does it even mean? Today, our Los Angeles trucking accident attorney is going to share with you the effective legal trick employed by lawyers to help their clients win cases.

If you have been injured in a truck accident and the truck driver was at fault, you have probably already realized that the at-fault truck driver is not the only party you will be suing.

His/her trucking company, his/her insurance company, the insurer of the trucking company, and other third parties may also get involved, making the case even more difficult to litigate and putting additional legal pressure on you (be sure that all the defendants in your case will be represented by the best lawyers in Los Angeles).

The mere thought of confronting the most skillful lawyers may discourage you from filing a claim, but do not be so quick to underestimate your chances. Today, our Los Angeles trucking accident lawyer from the Kristensen Weisberg, LLP, is going to reveal the one trick that helps attorneys win such cases for their clients.

And the trick is: preserving evidence.

Collecting evidence after a trucking accident

Let’s start with the basics. One of the steps to preserving evidence is… well, collecting that evidence immediately after the collision occurred. At the scene of the trucking crash:

  • Seek medical attention to obtain a medical report detailing your injuries;
  • Call the police to get a police report and to ensure that the scene of the accident is secured and documented properly, preventing the at-fault truck driver from tampering with evidence.
  • Take photographs and record videos of the vehicle wreckage, skid marks, road conditions, the location where all vehicles were when the collision occurred and where they ended up as a result of the crash;
  • Write down the insurance information of the at-fault truck driver;
  • Obtain the names and contact information of witnesses at the scene.

Most importantly, contact a Los Angeles trucking accident attorney to launch an investigation and gather as much evidence as possible. Only a skilled lawyer will be able to obtain the invaluable evidence in any truck accident that takes place in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California: a computerized “black box” that records data prior to the collision, and the truck driver’s log book that documents his or her actions before the accident.

The failure to get access to the black box and log book at the scene of the trucking accident may make it impossible to get your hands on this type of evidence later on, largely because many trucking companies choose to destroy or tamper with these pieces of evidence in order to avoid liability.

Preserving evidence after a truck accident

One of the reasons why it is vital to preserve the above-mentioned types of evidence after a trucking accident is that they can help you prove that the truck driver and/or his/her trucking company violated certain federal or state trucking regulations.

And trucking companies are not fools. They will hire the best defense lawyers in California to prevent you from gaining access to the vital evidence in your trucking accident case. That is why you must be represented by a skilled truck accident attorney, too.

Contact the Kristensen Weisberg, LLP, for a free case evaluation. Call our Los Angeles offices at 310-984-1297 or complete this contact form to get a free consultation today.