If you have been involved in a truck accident while traveling in Hawaii, you may be entitled to compensation. However, this is generally only true if you have sufficient evidence to prove that the truck driver, owner or another party was liable for your injuries or property damage. Photos, video footage and witness statements are among the several lines of evidence that are typically used in a truck accident lawsuit.
Take photos at the crash site
Assuming that you are healthy enough to do so, you should take photos of the crash scene after calling for help. Ideally, you’ll get a picture of your vehicle to show the extent of the damage it suffered. You should also get a picture of the truck that hit your car as well as anything else that might be relevant. For example, skid marks left by the truck might indicate how fast it was going at the time of impact.
How to obtain video footage
It may be possible to obtain recordings from surveillance cameras or from cameras installed in the traffic light at the intersection where the crash occurred. You may also be able to get copies of dashcam footage caught by other motorists in the area. There is also a chance that those who witnessed the crash recorded it on their phones.
How witness statements may help your case
A witness may be able to describe how the truck failed to stop prior to the crash or made a wide turn prior to colliding with your car. Furthermore, a person who saw your truck accident happen may point out that the commercial vehicle’s lights were extremely dim or that it otherwise showed signs of disrepair.
If you have been hurt in an accident, you may incur significant medical bills and other expenses. Depending on the extent of a concussion, internal bleeding or other injuries, you may not be able to work again, which may cause further financial hardship. The applicable Hawaii statute of limitations generally gives you two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit.