If you were hurt in a large truck crash, you may be entitled to compensation for some or all of the damages. While it’s possible to seek such compensation on your own, it’s wise to retain legal counsel. You have enough to worry about, after all, without having to navigate complicated legal proceedings.
You can, however, ensure your claim gets off to a strong start by bringing the following to your initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer:
1. A Detailed Account of the Incident
Write down everything you can remember about the accident in question, and bring this account to the meeting. If you’re unsure where to begin, start by answering the following:
- When and where did the crash occur?
- How many vehicles were involved?
- What were the traffic, weather, and road conditions like at the time of the accident?
- Did you contribute to the wreck in any way?
- Did police respond to the scene? If so, did they conduct any chemical tests? Were any arrests made?
- Did you receive emergency care at the scene?
- Did any of the motorists who were involved admit wrongdoing at the scene?
2. Your Medical Records
In order to determine how best to proceed, your attorney will need to evaluate the kinds of injuries you sustained and the long-term ramifications they may have. As such, you should bring all hospital logs, diagnostic images, and other relevant records to your initial consultation. If you happen to have any preexisting conditions that were exacerbated by the accident, bring their corresponding documentation, as well.
3. Evidence of Damages
Florida allows for the recovery of both economic and non-economic damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To help your legal team determine the extent of such damages, bring all relevant bills, invoices, and receipts to your first meeting.
If you’ve been keeping a personal injury journal, bring that, as well. And if you haven’t, start doing so as soon as possible. Detailed entries about the ways in which your injuries are hurting your quality of life will help demonstrate your non-economic damages.
4. Evidence You’ve Already Gathered
A resourceful truck accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to identify all at-fault parties and then gather the evidence needed to prove their liability. If you happened to gather any evidence at the scene or shortly thereafter, you can contribute to their efforts from day one.
Examples include photographs of the wreckage, statements from eyewitnesses, dash cam footage, and the official police report. If you have any such evidence, bring it to your first meeting for your legal team to review.
Speak with a Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you were hurt in a large truck crash, contact Lubell Rosen. Our compassionate team is committed to helping injured parties recover the funds they need to put their lives back together in the wake of tragedy. Call (954) 880-9500 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Florida.