You thought you were being careful when you veered to the side of the road to check your truck's engine, since smoke was spewing out from the hood. You even turned your emergency flashers on to alert other motorists to your location. Unfortunately, these measures were not effective if your truck was struck by another driver. Now what do you do, especially since the other driver is threatening a lawsuit and your boss is on the verge of firing you?
Don't Take Chances With Circumstantial Evidence
Circumstantial evidence will not necessarily prove that you are the guilty party, but why take chances with the prosecuting team having a field day with what may or may not have happened? It is important to try to gain witnesses from the event or camera footage, if you were in a populated area that contained street lights, signage, and businesses.
For all you know, there was a streetside camera, recording all of your movements. Footage that proved that you did not slam on your brakes and that you were not in the vehicle at the time of the accident will help prove your innocence. Of course, in order to obtain witness statements and footage, you need a legal person on your side.
A lawyer who handles cases associated with vehicular accidents can help track down potential witnesses and some people may even come forward, by calling the local authorities and providing their rendition of what occurred. If witness statements are not available, then you may need to go with plan b, which is to acquire footage.
If your employer requires all of their drivers to use a dash cam while en route to each destination, then this gadget will also be a useful tool. The footage from when the incident occurred will show that you were not inside of the truck's cab when impact was made.
Don't Hold Back, Even If You're Worried That You Made A Mistake
If you believe that you followed the proper protocol and your truck was moved safely off of the roadway before you exited your vehicle, then you have nothing to worry about.
If you were sloppy with your maneuvering, however, and fear that you will be deemed guilty as a result, it is not a good idea to omit this vital information. Your attorney needs to know exactly how the accident unfolded so that they can help clear your name or at least get your charge lessened so that your employer won't be as likely to fire you.
For more information, reach out to law firms like Wolfe Jones Wolfe Hancock Daniel & South LLC.