What Information Should You Collect After A Truck Accident?
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The aftermath of a truck accident can be overwhelming. You may not know where to turn or what to do first. Knowing what information to collect in a truck accident is the first step towards a successful recovery.
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The minutes after a truck accident are crucial. The best way to ensure that your case has a positive outcome is to collect valuable evidence.
Here is some of the most important information to collect after a truck accident:
When police respond to the scene of an accident, they are required to complete an official report documenting their investigation. This report includes information from the scene, evidence from the crash, eyewitness statements and contacts, and injury information. The police report may also suggest who was at fault in the crash. This is one of the most important types of information to collect after a truck accident for both your own and your attorney’s records.
Many trucks are equipped with black boxes that can provide information on how fast a truck was going, when the driver applied the brakes, and how long the driver had operated without a rest period. Some may also have in-cab cameras. These are valuable because they provide another perspective on what was happening in the cab before the accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial drivers to keep detailed logs of their work shifts and rest periods to ensure compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. These logs can determine if fatigue played a role in the accident and violated any regulations.
Federal and state law requires trucks to undergo routine maintenance and inspections. Trucking companies are required to keep these records for at least 30 days. These records are not included with your official police accident report in many cases. You will need to request them following an accident. These records are crucial evidence in case of trucking accidents. They can reveal discrepancies or fraudulent records on truck inspections, maintenance, and repairs. They may also document if the truck has failed required inspections.
Obtain copies of all medical records documenting your injuries and treatment following the truck accident. These records prove you suffered injuries and that they were caused by the accident in question. You will also want to keep copies of any bills related to medical treatment received related to the accident.
Witness reports are a valuable asset for a trucking accident. Collect names and contact information from any witnesses. Ask if they can stay to give an official account of the accident to the police.
If needed, the attorneys at Farah & Farah can secure expert witnesses to testify about the causes of the crash.
Victims of truck accidents should photograph every aspect of their accident and injuries to the extent possible. Photographic evidence from multiple angles of damage to vehicles, road conditions, and injuries will play an important part in your case. Only take photos if it is safe to do so. If the other driver is being hostile, wait until the police show up.
In the aftermath of a truck accident, you should have the very best legal representation fighting for
the compensation you deserve.
It is hard to know what to do or where to turn after a truck accident, and we hope that knowing what information to collect in a truck accident will help you. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Farah & Farah are ready to help you secure these documents and figure out your next steps.