Injury attorneys have the skill and the training to gather evidence necessary for a trucking accident claim. They have accumulated a great deal of knowledge to help accident victims recover the damages needed to go on with their lives as whole as possible. However, there are steps you as a victim can take to strengthen your own case.
Many victims find that playing at least a small active role in any legal solution they pursue empowers them to take control of their situation. In most cases, this is a vast improvement over the helpless feelings that often accompany trucking accidents. With this goal of empowerment in mind, here are five things Tennessee accident victims can do before meeting with an accident lawyer.
- Gather all of the information you can access about the truck driver and the trucking company that employs the driver. Examples include the name of the company, the truck driver’s name and his or her driver’s license number.
- Collect all of the medical records that pertain to the trucking accident and your injuries. This includes emergency room records, physician reports and information about your current medical condition.
- Gather information about the truck accident such as how it happened, the names of any witnesses and official police reports.
- Make sure you bring your relevant financial and personal information when you make initial attorney contact. Examples include your employment records, proof of missed work (because of the accident and your injuries) and your insurance documents.
- Collect information about your vehicle such as any damage caused by the accident, estimates of repairs and photos of your car before and after the trucking accident.
These are just a few steps you can take before you meet with a truck accident attorney. The more information you can provide, the better the attorney will be able to determine how to proceed.