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What Documentation Do I Need to File a Truck Accident Claim?

Documents for a truck accident claim.


When you are hurt in an accident with a truck, your injuries may be severe. Your medical bills and other damages should be paid by the negligent party. Truck accidents are often more complicated than regular car accidents. Immediately following an accident, the trucking company will typically involve its own accident team. It is helpful to seek professional legal help from an experienced Houston truck accident attorney soon so you can get the information to prove your case.

Gather Details About the Accident

Immediately following the accident you should make sure that you obtain a copy of the police report. In addition, you will need to know the name of the truck driver, the trucking company and the insurance company. When you receive medical treatment you must keep copies of everything. Take notes so you will have details of diagnosis, names of doctors, dates of treatment, and anything associated with your medical care and rehabilitative therapy. You will need this information to prove your injuries and damages. Besides your physical treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering.

Obtain Information From the Trucking Company

There is some important information you will need to get from the trucking company. Truck drivers are restricted to driving only a set number of hours in a row. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires the use of and electronic logging device (ELD). The system makes trucking safer and provides accurate data. The truck driver may not have followed the law and might have been driving while fatigued. It is necessary to obtain the ELD to discover the details of the trucker’s log. You will also need to obtain truck maintenance and repair logs.

Vehicular Accident Reconstruction

Some accidents are complex, and it is necessary to know what happened before, during, and following an accident. This is especially true for truck accidents and multiple-vehicle crashes. There may have been several things that precipitated the crash. Vehicular accident reconstruction is a scientific process that analyzes, examines, and determines the events that occurred in an accident. You may need to hire an accident reconstruction engineer to explain your accident so you can prove that the other driver was negligent.

Expert Witnesses

You may need reports and testimony from expert witnesses to prove your case. An expert witness might be needed to provide medical testimony, testimony about the accident, about a mechanical default or any other issues that arise from the case. Your case will be much stronger when you have expert witnesses to back up your claims.

Sometimes negligence in a case is difficult to prove. Your attorney will take charge, assess the situation and examine the facts of the accident. Additional information may be necessary to ensure a successful resolution to your claim. When you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident, do not delay.

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About Greg Baumgartner

Truck accident lawyer Greg Baumgartner
Greg Baumgartner is a preeminent rated personal injury lawyer based in Houston, Texas, with over three decades of experience representing severely injured clients in truck accidents. He founded Baumgartner Law Firm, in 1985, with a mission to provide excellent legal representation and personalized attention to every client.