Haines City Truck Accident May 2018 Needs Evidence Preservation

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A truck accident involving a passenger car at the intersection of U.S. 17/92 and U.S. Highway 27 in Haines City, Florida was reported in The Ledger.  The newspaper reports that the truck “overturned” onto the passenger vehicle with people being transported to local hospitals.

Need For Evidence Preservation In Semi-Truck Accident Cases

The best advice for those who have been injured in this accident is to obtain help in getting evidence preserved.  While driver error on the part of the truck driver is a possible cause of this collision, the trucking company involved needs to be notified that it has a duty to preserve evidence, including but not limited to the truck itself and all documentation or driver logs.

There might also be a GPS tracking device, including speed data, for the truck’s trip.  In a case where the allegation is that the truck was driving aggressively, the speed data can be compared with the speed limits on the route (as well as near the time of impact).

Testing Drivers After An Accident

Further, many trucking companies will test their drivers for alcohol or drugs following a collision.  Your evidence preservation letter to the trucking company should inquire as to whether any such testing was performed.  In the event that a lawsuit is later filed, it may be important to have such evidence preserved and to find out whether it was the trucking company’s normal procedure to perform alcohol or drug tests on drivers involved in accidents.

One Chance To Get It Right

If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident in Polk County, Florida, you should contact a Polk County truck accident attorney for advice on what to do.  Contact us for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney.

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June 01, 2018