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What should I know before meeting with my truck accident lawyer?

A Dallas resident who has been in a tractor trailer accident may have many pressing concerns. He or she may wonder: Will I recover from my injuries? What was the damage to my car? Will I be able to recover financially? An attorney may be able to help answer some questions, but before meeting with an attorney, it is beneficial to be thoroughly prepared.

An attorney will want details, rather than generalities. An attorney will want to know specifics about the accident itself, including whether a police report was filed, whether anyone was charged with a traffic violation in connection with the accident, if photographs or videos of the scene are available and, importantly, how the collision occurred and what the conditions were like when it occurred.

As much information as is available about the truck company will be valuable, including the name of the company, the truck driver's name, the commercial driver's license number of the driver of the truck and the truck's license plate number. Often a trucking company, rather than a driver, may be the financially responsible party, so any details regarding the trucking company could prove valuable.

It is important to be prepared to discuss the medical effects of the accident with an attorney. An injured person may wish to bring relevant medical records documenting the immediate diagnosis following the accident, as well as the treatment received. Documentation regarding any limitations a person may still be suffering from could also be helpful.

Details regarding the driver's vehicle, including specifics damages, an estimate of the damages and any photographs of the damages may help an attorney better understand the magnitude of the accident.

Finally, an attorney may inquire about personal details regarding an injured person's insurance, employment and previous driving record, so it essential to be prepared to discuss and support this information.

Although it is helpful to be thoroughly prepared before meeting with an attorney, if a person does not have all of the above information, or is unsure about some information, he or she should not worry. A meeting with an attorney may help clarify what additional information is needed and how to obtain that information following a serious truck accident.

Source: FindLaw, "Five Things to Research Before Meeting a Truck Accident Attorney," Accessed May 16, 2015

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