Freedom of Information Act Requests in a Jacksonville Trucking Accident

If you have been involved in an accident 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.

Jacksonville Freedom of Information Act Requests

In a Duval County 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 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 collision 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 Jacksonville 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 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 important information about regulatory fines, agency intervention, agency correspondence, compliance reviews and safety ratings, inspection reports and much more.

Contact an Experienced Jacksonville Truck Accident Attorney

If you were involved in a collision with a big-rig, it is necessary to speak to a skilled Duval County truck accident attorney to hold those responsible for such accidents fully accountable. At the Law Office of Eric S. Block, PLLC, our team of truck accident lawyers are aggressive advocates for our clients, working tirelessly to obtain full compensation for the physical, financial and emotional toll the accident takes on you and your family. Call our office at (904) 853-1380 today for a free confidential consultation or contact attorney Eric S. Block directly on his cell phone at 904-607-8888.

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