Q: Are there reports that must be completed after a truck crash?
Yes. Truck accidents typically require filing of multiple documents, including police and regulatory agency reports.
Typical Truck Accident Reports
There are many levels of documentation protocol carriers and truck operators must adhere to after a crash. This compliancy is in the interest of public safety.
The officer visiting the accident scene will probably file a police report. Under Texas law, any vehicle accident resulting in injury or death, or property damage totaling more than $1,000, must be reported to the Texas Department of Transportation. The responding police officer will report:
- The location of the accident.
- The date and time the collision occurred.
- Driver identification, contact, and insurance information.
- Names and contact details of any passengers, and information about where they were seated, whether they wore seat belts, and any injuries or fatalities.
- Vehicle information, including make, model, license plate number, vehicle identification number, and estimated damage.
- Damage to property other than vehicles.
- A written narrative and pictorial diagram explaining how and why the responding officer believed the collision occurred. This includes information about traffic signals, road conditions, and weather conditions at the time of the accident.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Reports
Rules pertaining to truck accidents are included in Section 390.15 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Motor carriers are required to record details of any accident that results in a fatality, bodily injury requiring emergency medical care away from the accident scene, or when at least one vehicle is towed away.
These records must be maintained for at least three years and provided to any FMCSA agent, authorized state or local enforcement agency representative, or authorized third party. Recorded information must include the:
- Date and location of the collision.
- Name of the driver.
- Number of injuries and fatalities.
- Release of any hazardous materials.
If you were injured in a truck collision, these reports could be crucial pieces of evidence in support of your claim. Your attorney can obtain this documentation on your behalf, and use case facts to help you receive rightful compensation.
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