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Preserving evidence following a truck accident

Quite possibly one of the most important things you need to do following a truck accident, if you are not severely injured, is preserve the evidence. Evidence can be scattered all across the roadway, which makes this task a bit difficult. There are steps you can take after an accident to help preserve the evidence created by a crash and we will outline them in this post.

Do not step on or drive over any potential evidence at the crash site. This can be easier said than done when trying to move your vehicle to a safe spot on the road but you need to be mindful. Debris scattered all over the road could play a big role if the authorities need to reconstruct the accident scene.

Never move any evidence willingly. If you see the debris on the ground, leave it where it landed. This can help police officers reconstruct the crash scene and document all of it. Try to snap some pictures of loose evidence as soon as possible in the event passing cars scatter the pieces further from the scene.

Be mindful of any blood on the roadway. Try not to walk in it for health reasons. Walking in it could also hamper any investigation that needs to be conducted by the police who responded.

Tell officers where you saw pieces of debris land during the accident. Also tell officers if any evidence was moved by someone else or if a vehicle caused it to move. Show them where the evidence originally was located and give them any pictures you took of original locations.

Being the victim of a truck accident can be very stressful. You should be medically evaluated even if you think the injuries are minor. This is an important step to take should you need to file a lawsuit down the road in Jefferson.

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