Gathering Essential Evidence in Truck Accidents

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Gathering the right evidence after a devastating truck accident is critical if you or your passengers are injured. Know that some of the essential evidence that may be needed is different from an accident involving passenger vehicles.

Evidence needed after a Truck Accident

Evidence commonly used to help prove a truck driver or other party acted negligently and contributed to the cause of the crash include:

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Obtain a copy of the certified inspector’s report.

  • Certified Inspector Accident report. This is different from the official police report written by the local authorities. When an accident involves a large commercial truck, the state police often send out a certified truck inspector. The inspector will examine the truck before it gets towed from the scene and will check for apparent defects, the condition of important mechanical parts if there was an overweight load, low tread on the tires, loading irregularities, or other malfunctions that may have contributed or caused the accident.
  • Electronic driving logs. Commercial truck drivers must follow the Hours of Service regulations, which tell drivers how long they are allowed to drive and when they must take a break. Electronic logging devices automatically record this information and transmit it to the carrier. These devices provide reporting to show whether a driver is adhering to these regulations.
  • Other tech devices to look at can include things such as an onboard computer or GPS device.
  • Alcohol and drug testing. When an accident involves a fatality or physical injury, federal regulations require a drug and alcohol test to be administered to the commercial truck driver to check for impairment. These substances can result in driver fatigue, reduced reaction times, and more.

In any kind of accident, gathering evidence can be challenging. When a large commercial semi truck is involved it can get more complicated knowing what federal regulations require and what evidence is available to you. An experienced truck accident attorney can obtain much of this evidence for you.


When you have been seriously injured in a truck accident due to another’s negligence, you need an experienced truck accident attorney who will collect all the facts about the incident, assess your injuries and answer your questions.

Call us at (877) 284-6600 or contact our office online.  We have a successful track record of helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published December 13, 2021. It was reviewed on March 1, 2023 and updated for content and accuracy.

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