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Truck Accident Incident Checklist

A truck and car accident can be a scary, stressful and potentially life-changing experience. There were 551,164 motor vehicles crashes in Ohio in 2017. Of those crashes, 23,704 involved trucks. Do you know what important things you should focus on in the immediate aftermath of a truck-car crash?

Here are some important reminders about collecting information at the scene after you have determined whether anyone needs medical attention and you have called 911 for assistance.

Critical accident information

  • Contact info for all drivers and witnesses
  • Driver’s license numbers (and expiration dates) for all drivers
  • Insurance policy numbers and insurance company contact info
  • Location of the crash
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Physical conditions and injuries of all drivers
  • Photos and video of the crash scene

An attorney will coordinate a full accident investigation. Accident reconstruction specialists can help determine the cause of the accident by studying various aspects of the accident scene, including:

  • Each vehicle involved
  • Road surface condition
  • Skid and tire marks
  • Witness testimony
  • Crash data recorder or video evidence

Crash report information

Police and Safety personnel will file a Crash Report with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Here are some Crash Report facts:

  • Crash reports and photographs are retained for five years
  • You can Purchase or Retrieve a report
  • Crash photographs purchased online will be either:
    • Placed on a DVD
    • Sent in the mail
    • Downloaded electronically

Other Critical Resources Following Truck Accidents

Do you have questions about Ohio Accident and Injury Laws, Ohio Car Accident Compensation Laws and Pain and Suffering Damages in Ohio? The truck accident attorneys at Contrada & Associates have more than 70 combined years of experience, and in that time, we have seen countless truck and car accident cases that have included:

  • Drunk truck drivers
  • Truck drivers asleep at the wheel
  • Truck tire blowouts
  • Defective truck parts
  • Distracted truck drivers
  • Truck driver working extended hours
  • Truck maneuvering
  • Unsafe roadways
  • Truck speeding

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident in Northwest Ohio, call Contrada & Associates today at 419.841.4400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation about your case. Our office is in Sylvania, and if you cannot come to us, we can visit your home or hospital room.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Transportation Safety Board.

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Attorney Charlie Contrada has been practicing law since 1979, focusing his career on personal injury, car accident, and mesothelioma cases. Over the years, Charlie has helped thousands of clients throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan to receive the settlements that they deserve.