A trucking accident can leave you dazed and in shock. Even without serious injuries, it takes you time to come to your senses and figure out your next best steps. However, trucking accidents often necessitate that you get it together enough to document what is happening. You need to get yourself and passengers to safety, gather information, and collect evidence for a future insurance claim or lawsuit.
The best way to collect evidence is to take photos or video after the accident. Once you are safe and have received medical care, contact a Chicago trucking accident attorney at Staver Law Group at to schedule a consultation. An experienced attorney can review the video and advice you on the best way to recover compensation from the accident.
Recording Video After a Trucking Accident
If you or a passenger have a working cell phone and are well enough, use the phone to record video of the accident as soon as possible. You should record 360 degrees around the accident, or at least as many angles as possible. You should also record from varying distances, such as from only a foot away to 10-15 feet away.
If you have the time and capability of taking a video following a trucking accident, you want to make it as comprehensive as possible. However, do not put yourself in danger to take video. Do not try and walk into lanes where traffic is still moving or cross multiple lanes of traffic to get a different shot. While this video can be helpful in your personal injury claim, it is not worth risking your life for.
Why Video Can be Helpful
There are numerous reasons why your personal injury claim may benefit from a video, including:
- Demonstrating the vehicle’s end positions and conditions for future accident reconstruction
- Depicting the vehicle damage
- Showing the surrounding property damage
- Preserving evidence, such as skid marks on the pavement, which can be used for accident reconstruction and proving fault
- Providing clues as to what happened prior to and during the accident
- Documenting the weather conditions at the time of the accident
- Documenting the road and traffic conditions at the time of the accident
- Recording your and your passenger’s injuries
- Recording other party’s actions and words
- Eliminating a he-said-she-said situation
- Making a greater impact on a judge and jury in court than pictures
By taking a video, your attorney can immediately have a better understanding of the accident and its aftermath, which can direct how they obtain and use expert witnesses and calculate your damages. It can also prepare your attorney for whether or not the other party will be found entirely or only partially at fault. During your insurance claim or personal injury suit, your video can be used to prove the other person’s fault and your injuries.
What to do With the Video
When you record a video after an accident, it is not for a social media post. It is for evidence to prove your personal injury claim. Once you have your video, do not give anyone else your phone, back the video up as soon as possible, and then contact a Chicago trucking accident lawyer. This is not a criminal case, so the chain of evidence is not necessarily crucial. However, it is best to keep the video safe and ensure no one has grounds to claim it was tampered with before it was used for an insurance claim or lawsuit. Additionally, if there are sensitive or gruesome images in the video, it is best to take extra care that it stays off the Internet.
Contact a Chicago Trucking Accident Attorney for Help
You will face a lot of questions after a trucking accident, including determining responsibility. The trucker may be at fault or a business you are not even aware of could be responsible. If is important to contact an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a trucking accident so that you have a someone with the knowledge and resources you need to determine who is liable for your injuries and whose insurance should receive your claim. If you have video of the aftermath of your accident, tell your attorney right away.
Contact Staver Law Group at to schedule a consultation.