What Should You Bring Along When Meeting With A Truck Accident Lawyer?
Getting in an accident with a commercial truck can be devastating. Not only can you become severely injured, but you can suffer immense financial loss due to the medical bills and lost wages associated with your injuries. Regardless of the circumstances of the accident, you should absolutely meet with a truck accident lawyer to see what your options are when it comes to collecting compensation. Here's what you should bring along to the meeting.
1. Any information you have about the driver and the company they work for
Truck accident cases can be complicated in that sometimes the driver themselves is determined to be liable and other times the company they drive for is held liable. Your lawyer will need to do some research into the circumstances behind the crash to determine who, if anyone, you should sue for damages. Bring along any information you have about the driver and about the company, and let your lawyer determine what's important. If all you have is the company name on the truck or the license plate number, that's better than nothing — but if you can get the actual driver's name, perhaps from the accident report, you should bring that too.
2. Your own insurance policy number
Sometimes in truck accident cases, you actually end up suing your own car insurance company. It's also possible that your insurance company will cover some, but not all, of the cost. Bring along your insurance company's name and your insurance policy number so your lawyer can contact them and make plans.
3. Pictures of the accident
Whether you took pictures of the crash scene yourself, had a friend take them, or managed to track them down from public cameras, bring them along. They will help you explain to your lawyer what happened in the crash. They'll also key your lawyer in to hints that the truck driver may be responsible for the crash.
4. All medical records
Bring along any records and receipts for the medical treatment you have received so far. In order to sue for a truck accident, you don't only need to prove that you were in a crash but also that the crash caused your injuries, which cost you money. Your bills and records are proof of that.
The items above should get you off to a good start in your first meeting with a truck accident lawyer. If they need any other documentation, they will tell you.