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What to Bring to Your First Meeting with a Self-Driving Vehicle Accident Attorney

A self-driving vehicle represents a new era in travel, tapping into the power of artificial intelligence to take most of the labor out of getting from point A to B. However, even these “smart” cars cause accidents every day, putting many people’s lives at risk.

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If you were hurt in such an accident, you may be thinking of meeting with an attorney to discuss your case. While you can arrive at your consultation empty-handed and still benefit immensely from this face-to-face, there are a few steps you can take to make the most of this opportunity. Here are four things you should bring to your meeting regarding a self-driving vehicle accident:

1. Your Account of the Wreck

As soon as you can after the collision, you should take a few minutes to write down everything that you can remember. While you might be in a hurry to forget this traumatic experience, your recollection can quickly fade, leaving you feeling unclear about important details that could be useful to your attorney’s investigation and/or the strength of your case.

Let’s look at a few points you should think about including:

  • What you were doing in the moments before impact,
  • Traffic conditions at the time of the wreck,
  • The type of autonomous vehicle,
  • The weather conditions,
  • The number of vehicles involved in the accident,
  • Whether police arrived to investigate the collision,
  • Whether you were treated at the scene and/or taken to hospital,
  • The locations of any nearby surveillance cameras, and
  • Whether anyone else saw the accident happen.

2. Medical Records

Your medical records will provide insight into the types of injuries you suffered, treatment you received, and further interventions you might require. Your doctor may have also noted how your injuries affect your day-to-day life. For instance, if you’ve had to take time off work to let your injuries heal, this information might be reflected in these documents. Your attorney will want to see your medical records during the initial consultation.

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3. Evidence You Gathered at the Scene

Whether you managed to take down eyewitness statements, save dashcam footage, or snap pictures of the wreckage, these pieces of evidence could help your lawyer piece together what took place. Your attorney will probably also conduct their own investigation, but providing them with proof during your first meeting could help expedite this process and ensure that time-sensitive evidence is preserved.

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4. A List of Questions to Ask the Attorney

The initial consultation isn’t just an opportunity for an attorney to assess your claim, it’s also a chance for you to get answers to your most pressing questions. While you might have many queries about your claim, you should also ask your lawyer about their experience, availability, and fee structure to make sure you’re clear on the type of representation you’ll be receiving before you choose to hire them.

 

Are you Ready to Discuss Your Case with a Texas Self-Driving Vehicle Accident Attorney?

If you were hurt in an accident involving a self-driving car, it may be in your best interests to meet with a personal injury attorney. At Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP, we can meet with you as part of a free consultation so that you don’t have to pay a cent to get the answers you need to make informed decisions about your case. Dial 1-800-334-3298 or visit our contact page HERE to schedule a meeting with a Texas self-driving vehicle accident attorney today.

 

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