Important Records to Obtain After a Truck Accident
In the aftermath of a commercial truck crash with damages or injuries, you may not know what steps to take next. These incidents can be scary and confusing. Your first step should be to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa truck accident attorney who can look at your case and give some preliminary advice.
By choosing a skilled attorney at Farah & Farah, we will obtain all the important records you need to build a strong case in the aftermath of a truck accident. These accidents are different than regular car accidents, making them more difficult to deal with. Here is a list of important records that can help build your truck accident claim:
The police report
Someone called 911 to report your truck crash, and every emergency call has records. The responding officers will open an official report and start their investigation. Their investigation includes gathering everyone’s information from the scene, evidence from the crash, eyewitness statements and information, and injury information. They will likely also have information regarding who was at fault in the crash.
The crash report
The crash report is different from the police report. The crash report is usually available much quicker and will have information regarding the truck driver’s information, testimony from witnesses, and other information found in the police report. The crash report almost always has the officer’s opinion of what/who they believe caused the crash. This is the report insurance companies often rely on to determine liability.
There may also be other records from police and emergency personnel that are available. This may include 911 transcripts, recordings of police/fire/EMS radio, and more.
Your medical records
You will want to obtain copies of all medical records documenting your injuries and treatment following the crash. These records will prove you suffered injuries and that they were caused by the crash in question. You will also want to keep copies of any bills that start coming in as a result of your crash injury treatment.
Vehicle records from the company
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations in place to govern truck inspections and maintenance. Obtaining the records for the vehicle involved in your crash could help prove negligence on the truck company’s part.
Truck company safety records
The truck company in question may have a history of not following safety regulations in place by the FMCSA. Obtaining their safety records and violations history could help establish a pattern of negligence leading to your crash.
Commercial truck drivers must also follow all rules and regulations put in place by the FMCSA. This includes regulations about how much weight they can carry as well as their hours of service (HOS). If the driver in your crash violated these regulations, they could be held liable for the crash.
Why does all of this matter?
Obtaining the records we discussed today must be done in order for your case to be successful in negotiations or at trial. Your injury attorney will use the records obtained to secure the compensation you need, which can include:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the crash
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the truck company or driver
Obtaining most of these records it difficult without a skilled attorney with the resources available to vigorously pursue truck companies and their insurance carriers. Contact our office today for a free consultation.