Freedom Of Information Act Requests In a Florida Trucking Accident

If you have been involved in a collision with a semi-truck, it may be necessary for you to obtain documents that show the safety history and the regulation violations of the trucking company that was involved in the accident.

Florida Freedom of Information Act Requests

In a Florida trucking accident case, one common mistake that many inexperienced personal injury lawyers make is waiting to send a Freedom of Information Act[1] (FOIA) request to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration[2] (FMCSA) or worse, failing to send a FOIA request at all.  It is imperative for a Florida trucking accident attorney to send a FOIA request out almost immediately because the turnaround time can be lengthy. This is especially true if the trucking company that caused the truck accident has a particularly long history and many interactions with the Agency. In those instances, if you delay for any significant period of time, you run the risk of missing out on critical safety information because some requests can take an extremely long amount of time to process.

What a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer Looks for in FMCSA Documents

The FMSCA has records that provide a history of safety regulation violations by the trucking company involved in the Florida collision.  Those records are more detailed than the summary information that is sometimes available for attorneys and the public online.

Of particular importance can be Form OP-1 and Form MCS-150, both of which prove that the trucking company acknowledged and agreed to abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations[3] (FMCSRs). There is also crucial information about regulatory fines, agency intervention, agency correspondence, compliance reviews and safety ratings, inspection reports and much more.

Florida Regional Service Centers and State Offices

In addition to sending a request to the agency’s head office, it is also necessary to consider sending requests to the regional service center and the state office where the trucking company is located.  These requests will allow you to obtain additional information that can assist in settlement negotiations or at the time of trial if it becomes necessary to file a case. 

Contact an Experienced Florida Truck Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a large truck the team of experienced trucking accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in Florida can send out all of the necessary requests for information on your behalf and to make certain that you obtain all of the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and related losses.  To protect your rights, it is important to speak to a Florida trucking accident attorney as soon as possible.  Please call our office at 727-451-6900 today.

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