If you are involved in a truck accident while traveling in Illinois, you might receive compensation from the other parties involved in the wreck. However, this is only true if you have sufficient evidence to prove that your injuries were the result of their negligence. There are several pieces of evidence that you can use to do so.
Photos and videos
Photos taken at the accident scene can help to show that your car was damaged in the wreck as opposed to during some earlier event. Video footage can show that the other driver ran a red light, rolled through a stop sign or took other actions that caused a motor vehicle accident to take place. If you aren’t able to get photos or videos on your own, witnesses may be willing to come forward with pictures or footage of their own.
A truck’s driver and owner are required to ensure that their vehicles are properly maintained. Maintenance records may show that defective brakes were not fixed prior to the wreck or that the truck’s headlights were too dim to see during periods of low light. If you can prove that the truck was defective in some way, it may be enough to obtain maximum compensation in a settlement or during a personal injury trial.
Those who saw the truck accident take place may be willing to provide a written or video statement corroborating your version of events. It may be necessary for witnesses to testify in court at some point, so be sure to get their phone numbers or other contact information in addition to their statement.
Injuries sustained in a car accident can make it difficult to continue your education or your career. It may also be harder to spend time with your family or enjoy other basic activities that you engaged in prior to the wreck. A settlement may provide you with the compensation needed to pay medical bills and other expenses incurred after your wreck.