If a truck hits your vehicle while you’re traveling on a Michigan road, you may be entitled to compensation. However, it’s important to note that this is generally only true if you can prove that the other driver was negligent in causing the crash to happen. There are many lines of evidence that you may be able to use to establish that this is true in your case.
Did anyone witness the crash?
Obtaining statements from those who saw the crash happen may be an effective way to verify that the defendant acted in an irresponsible manner. In lieu of a statement, it may be possible to use a dashcam, security camera or cellphone footage that may show what happened in the moments before and after a collision occurred.
Take photos of the crash scene
Photos of the crash scene can make it easier to prove that a truck did hit your car from behind or that it was going the wrong way when the accident happened. It may also be able to help you establish the severity of the crash and that it was the proximate cause of any property damage or injuries that you incurred.
Did you seek treatment after the crash occurred?
Ideally, you’ll see a doctor after being involved in a car crash. One of the ancillary benefits of doing so is that you’ll likely obtain physician notes, medical bills and other documents that can be used in your motor vehicle accident case if you choose to pursue one. Seeking treatment in a timely manner may also make it easier to show a link between the crash and your injuries.
You’ll have about two years after the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, most cases will be resolved through a settlement negotiated outside of court. Whether your case is resolved through mediation or litigation, you may be entitled to money to pay medical bills, replace damaged property or recoup other costs related to the accident.