How to Get Your Connecticut Truck Accident Report
If you were injured in a Connecticut truck accident, you need to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim. While medical bills, pay stubs, and medical records are important for proving certain types of damages, another essential document is the truck accident report.
Drivers of any type of vehicle must complete a basic accident report form under state law, even when there is only minor property damage. You are entitled to a copy of your truck accident report, and your Connecticut trucking accidents lawyer will need it if you plan on suing.
Basic Rules About Reporting an Accident in Connecticut
All drivers involved in a motor vehicle incident must file proper documentation with police, but the rules depend on the circumstances.
If the accident is serious enough to call 911, first responders file the truck driver accident report form. However, there may be additional requirements by different municipalities and counties in Connecticut. For this reason, it is always smart to call 911 and have authorities handle the truck accident report.
Of course, you should also exchange insurance and contact information with the truck operator and other motorists.
Preparing Your Own Truck Accident Report
If you can, obtain information that may later help your case. You already have some the information you need from the truck driver, but ensure that you also have:
- The names, addresses and phone numbers for the truck driver, other motorists, and passengers;
- The names of all companies identified on the truck and the trailer.
- Any identifying numbers on the truck and trailer, including the D.O.T. number and/or Motor Carrier number. Often these are found near the drivers’ side door of the truck itself or on the back of the trailer.
- Driver’s license numbers of all motorists;
- License plate numbers for all vehicles;
- Images of the scene;
- Picture of your own and other vehicles, regardless of condition;
- Auto insurance details;
- Names and badge numbers of responding police officers; and,
- Any additional relevant information.
How to Get Your Connecticut Truck Crash Report
If an officer arrives on the scene and prepares a report, you can request an official copy by paying a processing fee. Some accident reports are even available online. To get your document and any investigative paperwork, you must submit your request via mail to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. It usually takes around 10 business days after an accident for a report to become available. Additionally, you must tack on time for US mail and processing. In any event, you should file your request as soon as possible after your truck accident, as Connecticut’s statute of limitations and other time considerations are critical.
Talk to an Experienced Connecticut Trucking Accidents Attorney About Your Claim
Obtaining your truck accident report is just one of many essential tasks when seeking compensation for your injuries. At Stanger Stanfield Law, we are happy to take control of all the legal aspects of your truck accident claim. For more information, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.