Because truck accidents in Seattle can occur at high speeds, and often involve large trucks, such as big rigs or eighteen-wheelers, they can be devastating. The resulting injuries to you and your passengers, and property damage to your vehicle can be sizable. If you have experienced such a catastrophic event, securing the services of an experienced personal injury attorney would be in your best interest.
Once you have decided on an attorney, and are planning to meet with him or her for the first time, there are steps you can take to help make the meeting as productive as possible.
Review the Details of the Accident. In order to prepare your case, your lawyer will need to know all the details of the accident including, the truck driver’s name, the trucking company’s name and truck license plate number. How the accident occurred, if a police report was filed, if other vehicles were involved, and if an ambulance was called to the scene, are all questions you should be prepared to answer in depth.
Your attorney will also need to know financial and personal details about you. Questions concerning your employment, wages or salary, driving history, automobile insurance, and whether you missed any work due to injuries sustained in the accident, are all things your attorney will ask you.
Gather Important Documents. Take all-important documents with you to your meeting. These documents often include, police reports, contact information of witnesses, contact information and policy numbers of your automobile and health insurance, any medical bills, and proof of lost earnings.
Make a List of Questions to Ask your Attorney. Undoubtedly, you will have many questions for your attorney. Don’t be timid about writing them down, so that you won’t forget them. For instance, questions about the chances of settling the case, preparing a lawsuit if a settlement cannot be reached, and the strengths and weaknesses of the case, are all relevant. Undoubtedly, you will have some expectations about the case, but remember, a good attorney will not be able to tell you what your case is worth until after he/she has thoroughly reviewed all the information.
Truck accident lawsuits are more complex than car accident cases, and require a personal injury attorney skilled in this area of the law. Preserving evidence at the crime scene is integral to getting you the compensation you deserve, and time is of the essence.