This is the fifth installment in my series of blog posts on tips for truck lawyers, based on some in-depth presentations I will be giving for two upcoming legal seminars I have coming up this fall for lawyers litigating truck accident claims.
Today I want to cover how important it is for lawyers to obtain all photos and videos after a serious crash.
Evidence you can get from pictures can be invaluable. They illustrate the devastation that occurs. People forget that these tractor-trailers are like moving brick walls.
These pictures and videos can also capture elements you otherwise would not have discovered from a police report. Think about the image of a teddy bear lying amongst the wreck, or skid marks of a certain length that prove the trucker was speeding or wasn’t paying attention.
Here’s a list of things you should try and obtain:
- Law enforcement photos,
- Dashcam police video,
- Store cameras,
- Firemen who carry cameras,
- News media,
- Cell phone photos made by witnesses,
- TDOT video,
- Photos made by truck drivers who are required to keep cameras in accident kits, etc.
TRAP – Most police cruisers now run video in their cars whenever they arrive at a serious truck accident. These “Dashcam” police videos are generally only kept for a period of months, and are not listed as part of the police investigation. A separate request for these dashcam videos must be made, and sometimes that requires lawyers to start a lawsuit or file a TRO with a judge.
– Steven Gursten is past president of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Lawyer Litigation Group, and was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Leader in the Law” for his work promoting national truck safety. Steve was also named a Michigan Lawyer of the Year for a record truck accident injury settlement, as well as the top trial verdict in 3 of the preceding 6 years.
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