4 Questions Your Truck Accident Attorney Might Ask
Truck accidents are among the deadliest collisions on U.S. roads. Due to their weight and size, large commercial trucks can cause untold property damage and devastating injuries when they collide with smaller vehicles.
Between the medical expenses and repairs, the costs can add up quickly after an accident. If you were involved in a truck accident, recovering compensation for your damages can make all the difference. However, before you sit down with an attorney to discuss your case, make sure you’re prepared to answer these four important questions:
1. What Caused the Accident?
The details surrounding the accident will be important for your attorney. Furthermore, the details you provide can help your lawyer answer a number of questions including:
Who was liable?
Did multiple parties share fault?
Does vicarious liability apply?
What was the most likely cause of the accident?
Might punitive damages be recoverable?
What kinds of evidence might be available to prove liability?
Also, what are the most likely disputes to arise?
2. Did You or Anyone Else Contact the Police?
If you, the truck driver, or anyone else reported the accident to the police, the responding officers should have compiled an official accident report. This document can be useful to your attorney when he or she is building your claim.
An official accident report can contain information such as the truck driver’s name, insurance information, and contact details; eyewitness statements; and observations. This report may help your attorney corroborate your version of events and prove liability, causation, and damages.
3. Were You Treated for Your Injuries?
After a truck accident, you should undergo an immediate medical evaluation. This will ensure there is documentation of your injuries, treatments, medication, and other medical expenses. Seeking medical care right away could also reduce the likelihood that the insurer will dispute the cause of your injuries or their severity, or argue that you have failed to mitigate damages.
4. Did You, Miss Work Due, to Your Injuries?
Chances are you will have to take time off work, even with minor injuries. These lost wages may be recoverable. Your lawyer will want to see financial documents including income tax returns, pay stubs, 1099s, bank statements, and a letter from your employer. Keep in mind that in the event you suffered a permanent disability in the truck accident, you could also be entitled to compensation for loss of future wages.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Truck Accident Attorney
Involved in a truck accident? A lawyer can help you fight for a fair settlement. At Attorneys for All, we can connect you with a lawyer in your area who will assess the merits of your case as part of a free consultation. Additionally, You won’t have to pay a cent to get the advice you need to make informed decisions, and most personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency fee basis. Call (281) 475-4535 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or visit www.claimyourcase.com.