The Complete List of Trucking Crash Reports Your Attorney Needs to Win Your Case
In the US alone, there are roughly six million traffic accidents every year. These results are devastating, with 3 out of 4 people who suffer injuries as a result. However, it is not just cars on our roads anymore-large trucks account for a significant portion, and they make up over 10% more road collisions than traditional autos between them all by themselves.
These types of crashes are on the rise, and it’s frightening. The statistics show that truck accidents have increased by 52% since 2009.
As much as you want to avoid any accident, these things can happen to anyone, and if you are involved in any truck accident like a big rig, tractor-trailer, delivery truck, or another large commercial truck, you must consult and hire an experienced truck accident attorney or lawyer. An experienced attorney could strengthen your case and defend you when negotiating with the truck company’s insurance.
After a collision, here are all the necessary documents for building their defense in court.
#1. Your Insurance Policy
Once you have your lawyer ready to fight beside you, you should start gathering all your documents to present in front of the lawyer.
And the very first document your lawyer needs will be your insurance policy to check whether you have plan covers. Even if you don’t have the actual copy of your auto insurance, you can still obtain it from the insurance company.
In case you don’t have the insurance, you and your attorney can discuss alternative options.
#2. Evidence of Your Premium Payments
If you’re not automatically enrolled in auto insurance, your lawyer will require proof that the current month’s premium has been paid. It is important to keep track of these payments because they can be used as evidence for accidents or other lawsuits involving cars driven without coverage if something goes wrong with them on the road. The ultimate aim here is to figure out that your policy is active.
#3. Police Report
After a car accident, the police will typically show up and draft an accident report. This report may include diagrams to show where each party was when they collided with one another, as well as initial impressions about what caused it all to happen from both parties involved in collisions (the driver who hit you, for example). The summary at the end is based on the information given by those present or witness statements.
The information contained in an accident report is highly beneficial to your lawyer’s understanding of the case.
You should give them a copy, and any other documents officers provided you with- if they don’t have this, then request it at their next available consultation time or sooner.
#4. Details Exchanged at the Scene of the Accident
When you’re involved in an accident, it is important that the proper precautions be taken immediately. For instance, you may have exchanged information with other involved parties, such as phone numbers or insurance cards. You should provide several details as well, such as the other vehicle’s registration number and driver’s license.
#5. Tickets Issued at the Scene of the Accident
If the police issued any tickets related to your accident, show them to an attorney. Some possible citations that may result include:
- Reckless driving
- Running a stop sign
- Improper lane change
- Failure to yield
#6. Photographs and Videos
It’s always a good idea to take photos and videos of your accident scene. These can serve as very valuable evidence during court cases, depending on how severe the damages were from an auto collision.
Suppose you have footage that records other factors like poor roadways or construction. In that case, this also helps build stronger legal arguments for compensation with an attorney who has more information at their disposal!
#7. Medical Records
In case you have been to the hospital and visited a doctor due to the injuries sustained in the accident, make sure you retain all your medical records and copies of visits. Show these truck accident documents to your attorney because they provide important information about how long it will take for you to recover from them as well as any psychological treatment that may be necessary after an auto collision like this one.
If you didn’t receive the documents, your lawyer could get them for you. All that’s needed is written permission, and they will have everything necessary to determine how much compensation would be suitable in this situation.
Strong Legal Representation
After you’ve been involved in a truck accident, the smartest thing to do is hire an attorney. To help build your case and get what’s rightfully yours afterward, provide them with all relevant documents related to these accidents so they can prepare for court proceedings accordingly.
One of the most important things about being in the trucking industry is understanding how it affects your case if something happens. Juana knows all these rules and can help you find out what they mean for your situation so that no stone will be left unturned on behalf of the client.
The Rojas Law Group has the expertise to take on cases against trucking companies that are insured by their carriers. They have an office fluent in both English and Spanish, so they’ll come right into your home or office for that initial consultation if need be – even if you’re hospitalized at this point! Call 813-879-2223 now.