Getting Ready to Meet With Your Trucking Accident Attorney
When you get into a wreck with a large truck, it can be incredibly dangerous. Often large truck accidents cause injury and can even be fatal. Many of these accidents are caused by a series of errors, often on the part of the truck driver, including speeding, unsafe driving, and impairment. If you’ve been a victim in a large truck accident, it’s likely you’re facing a difficult aftermath. You may be dealing with extensive car damage, mounting medical bills, and post-accident anxiety. There are often many types of economic and non-economic damages that result from a trucking accident. An experienced truck accident attorney can uncover what these damages are, and what you’re entitled to.
If you decide to bring your large truck accident case to court, you will need a strong team behind you to prove who’s at fault in the accident. It’s a stressful situation, but an attorney can provide guidance and reassurance for your case. Before you meet with your lawyer, it’s important to organize and prepare.
At Laird Hammons Laird we will have an investigator take what you bring and compile their own collection of evidence and witness testimony. The more you can bring to help the case, the better to help our team fight for you.
Prepare a full account of your story
Your attorney will ask in-depth questions about your accident. This isn’t meant to intimidate you or question the validity of your claims. It simply helps your lawyer understand your particular case and make the best recommendations moving forward.
Be prepared to answer questions clearly and honestly. Recounting your experience may be difficult, but answers focusing on facts of the accidents will help your lawyer plan for your case. Many clients find it helpful to prepare an outline of their story prior to their consultation. This can help you stay on track and think about the accident logistically.
Bring personal documentation
Before you head into your consultation, organize your contact information for your trucking accident attorney. This includes relevant addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Your lawyer will need to identify and contact you throughout the consultation process and afterward.
Bring all relevant documentation to the case
If you have photos of the accident scene, bring them with you. These could include photos of the scene or the damage to your vehicle and any other involved vehicles. Insurance and police statements are also important to bring.
Statements from passengers who were with you during the accident and witnesses at the scene can be useful. Arrange a list of their names and contact information for your lawyer.
If you only have single copies of your documents, make copies for your own personal use.
Make a list of questions
Consultations aren’t only for your accident attorney to learn about you and your case. They’re an opportunity for you to learn about your lawyer and ask questions that will put you more at ease.
Prepare a list of questions ahead of time to remember them during your initial consultation. If it’s important to you, your attorney will answer it to the best of their ability.
Be prepared to take notes
Your lawyer will go over a lot of information – some detailed and complex. Having a notepad and pen will be useful. Make sure either you or the person who accompanies you to the consolation is ready to take notes. Write down any follow-up questions you have during the consultation. Don’t be afraid to ask what will happen after your initial meeting.
Learn more: Full Timeline of a Trucking Accident Case
At Laird Hammons Laird, we understand this is a difficult and stressful situation for you and your family. We’ll be there with support and the legal representation you need to find justice, and earn the compensation you deserve in this challenging time. If you’re ready to meet with an attorney today, contact us (405-254-4453) to schedule a consultation.