Truck accident victims are often left with debilitating physical injuries, not to mention medical debt, job loss, and mental trauma.
Recovering compensation for these losses is often a long and arduous process. Thankfully, victims have rights under Illinois Law. If the accident was caused by negligence or wrongdoing, they can file a personal injury claim against those responsible. A successful claim may result in financial compensation for losses resulting from the accident.
The thrust of every claim is, of course, the evidence. The evidence presented will determine who is at fault and how much money the plaintiff is owed if the court rules in their favor.
Critical Forms of Evidence in Truck Accident Cases
Police Report - After a truck crash, law enforcement will arrive at the scene to take a report, make observations, and talk to witnesses. The truck driver may share crucial information about the accident, not appreciating the ramifications of his words. His or her statement may be admitted into evidence and could play a major role in the court’s verdict.
Toxicology Reports - Drunk driving is a common cause of large truck accidents. A toxicology report will indicate if the truck driver had drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. This report can be admitted into evidence. If it shows that the driver was intoxicated, the driver and/or the trucking company may be liable.
Expert Testimony - Some claims can be proven with a bill or pay stub, such as those that cover medical debt and lost wages. However, other claims are more abstract and cannot be demonstrated with documents. To prove these claims, the testimony of an expert witness is often needed. Experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, vocational rebilitation, or medicine can provide professional input on the cause of the crash and the effect of the crash on the victim.
Lawyers Can Identify Critical Evidence
It can be difficult to distinguish between helpful and hurtful evidence. Sometimes, a piece of evidence may seem beneficial to your case on the surface, but it may have ancillary side effects that do more harm than good in the long run.
A lawyer with experience handling truck accident lawsuits can launch a thorough investigation to uncover evidence relevant to your case. They can then identify the beneficial evidence and present it in the most compelling manner.
Contact a Kane County Personal Injury Attorney
After suffering injuries in a truck accident, it is easy to wonder if you will ever get back to normal. Even if you make a full physical recovery, you may be buried underneath medical debt while still unable to work.
Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. appreciates the challenges truck accident victims face, which is why their lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping victims assert their rights. We treat each client as a unique individual and craft a legal strategy around their unique objectives. If you are looking for an Aurora, Illinois personal injury lawyer that is different from the rest, contact Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. at 630-907-0909 for a free initial consultation.