Traffic fatalities exceeded 37,000 in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While the overall number of accidents was almost 700 lower than the previous year, accidents involving large trucks rose by 9%. Semi-trucks or tractor trailers can weigh up to 30 times more than an average car and loaded commercial trucks can take up to 40% more space and time for the vehicle to stop.
So it’s not surprising that most fatalities in semi-truck accidents are the occupants of passenger vehicles. What may come as a surprise, however, is that Michigan is one of the top 10 states to have a fatal car accident. Fatalities are far less common than injuries, however, and an accident with a semi-truck can provide plenty of those.
Your chances of winning a claim and having your treatment covered are far more likely if you have the following pieces of evidence to help confirm your end of the story.
Plenty of Pictures
Pictures should always be taken at the scene of an accident to help clarify stories and document details that could prove fault or innocence. But when it comes to an accident with a large truck, injuries are often so severe, or the car is so damaged, that there’s no way to complete that mission. If injuries are minimal or nonexistent for anyone in the car that person should take on the duty as long as it’s safe to do so.
However, if that’s not possible at least have family or friends take pictures of your resulting injuries. Make sure they’re detailed and cover as many injuries as possible so your Michigan car accident attorney can use those in court. They can also obtain any pictures at the scene from the police department if necessary.
Speeding, fatigue, alcohol use, and distraction are common reasons for any car accident. But when it comes to semi-truck involvement, driver experience, vehicle condition, load weight, weather, and road conditions play crucial parts as well. It can be almost impossible to tell what caused the accident when you’re a part of it, especially when you’re inside a much smaller vehicle. However, other drivers, pedestrians, and business owners may get a bird’s-eye view of the incident.
Try to collect as many witness statements as possible to collaborate the details of the accident. If you’re unable to, have someone you trust contact the police department and local businesses to see if anyone reported details or if security footage was available for the accident. Your attorney can interview these witnesses as you heal.
Medical Records and Professional Testimonies
Any medical records due to the accident are key elements to a strong and successful accident case. These records will show related injuries on your end, current or ongoing treatment requirements, and long-term prognosis. Your attorney will need copies of those records to not only build the case but also figure out how much your claim is worth.
Your car accident attorney may then arrange expert testimonials from your doctor, specialist, or other professional involved in the accident or treatment to testify on your behalf and strengthen the case further.