What Information Do I Need to Request\/Preserve After a Truck Accident?\r\nAfter getting into a truck accident in Florida, there are things you can do that will help your truck injury attorney represent your case. In the minutes, hours, and days after a crash, the steps you take can affect the future of your Personal Injury claim.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe most important task to remember (aside from caring for your well-being) is the preservation and collection of evidence. Gather the following types of evidence if you can, and keep them organized in a file or folder.\r\n\r\nThen, bring the information to your truck injury attorney. If you don\u2019t gather evidence of your collision, don\u2019t worry \u2013 your lawyer can always help.\r\nDetails of the Accident\r\nWhen it comes to details of your crash, there\u2019s no such thing as too much information. Depending on your state of mind and health after a crash, you may or may not be able to stay on the scene and collect information yourself. If you have to leave in an ambulance, ask a friend or family member to stay and take down details for you, if possible. The information your truck injury attorney will want includes:\r\n\r\n \tName of the trucking company\r\n \tTrucker\u2019s full name and contact information\r\n \tTrucker\u2019s insurance information\r\n \tTruck\u2019s registration number and license plate number\r\n \tNames and contact info of any eyewitnesses to the accident\r\n \tDate, time, and location of the accident\r\n \tHow and why the crash occurred, from your point of view\r\n\r\nWrite this information down somewhere safe, or record it in your phone or other mobile devices for future use. Call the police to get an official write-up of the accident. The responding officer should collect most of this information for you, but it\u2019s good to collect data on your own as well, just in case.\r\nPhotographs\r\nPhotographs of the scene can make all the difference in showing indisputable proof of the devastation the truck caused to you and your vehicle. Use your phone to take photos of both vehicles, other property damage, the roadway, debris from the crash, and any injuries.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMake sure to get a wide-angle shot of the entire scene. Use the timestamp feature on your phone or camera to make the date appear under the photographs.\u00a0Video footage can also help, but photographs are easier to zoom in on and analyze.\u00a0Photos can go a long way in generating sympathy for the victim and building your case.\r\nBlack Box Information - VERY IMPORTANT!\r\nOne of the most important pieces of evidence in a truck accident claim is the data in the truck\u2019s black box recorder, or electronic logging device (ELD). Back in 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration\u00a0mandated all commercial trucking companies\u00a0to install ELD's in their fleet vehicles.\r\n\r\nBlack boxes and electronic onboard data recorders collect inputs from the trucks\u2019 sensors. After an accident, attorneys and police officers can download black box data to help determine what caused or contributed to the crash. ELDs can hold vital information about the minutes and seconds leading up to the accident, such as:\r\n\r\n \tHow fast the truck was moving\r\n \tThe trucker\u2019s braking technique or lack of braking\r\n \tThe trucker\u2019s maneuvering of the vehicle before the crash\r\n \tVehicle inspection and maintenance reports\r\n \tTruck repair records\r\n \tNumber of hours\/days the trucker has been on the road\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s crucial to preserve the evidence in a truck\u2019s black box after a crash. Contact a truck injury attorney right away to make sure this happens before the trucking company destroys the data.\r\n\r\nA truck injury attorney can issue preservation of evidence order to make sure this important data stays intact for the insurance claim or personal injury trial. Black box evidence preservation can arise from filing an immediate protective order or reaching a written agreement with the other party. A truck injury attorney can help with these time-sensitive court orders.\r\nOfficial Reports and Records\r\nFinally, you will need copies of official records and documents, such as the police report of the crash, insurance claim documents, your medical records, and any bills relating to your crash. Keep any and all documents and correspondence that happen in the hours and days following the accident.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nObtain a copy of your police report, either online or by mailing in a request to your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Ask your doctor for copies of tests, scans, x-rays, diagnoses, treatment plans, and other documents to do with your injuries.\r\n\r\nKeep a record of your conversations with insurance agents and claims adjusters, as well as any letters they send you.\r\nGet an Attorney\u2019s Help with Evidence Preservation and Gathering\r\nIf you suffered injuries in a Florida truck accident, you bear the burden of proving the other party\u2019s fault \u2013 whether it was the truck driver, trucking company, or a third party. The evidence you preserve and gather can make a difference in your case, and serve to prove the defendant\u2019s fault and liability.\r\n\r\nRetain an experienced\u00a0Florida truck injury attorney\u00a0for assistance with the formal side of evidence gathering to optimize your chance of compensation.\r\n\r\nTo learn more about truck accidents, read our Comprehensive Guide for Truck Accident Victims or to learn more about the different types of truck accident cases we cover, read our comprehensive list of truck accident cases in Florida.