Scheduling a consultation with a skilled car accident attorney can help give you better insight into your personal injury claim. He or she can also guide you through the weeks ahead, helping you navigate the claims process and explaining your role at each step of proceedings.
While you could show up to your consultation empty-handed and still benefit immensely from this one-on-one meeting, it may help to prepare for your case assessment by gathering a few items for your attorney to review. Ultimately, this meeting is also an opportunity for your attorney to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of your case and map out how they plan to approach investigating it.
Let’s take a look at a few items you might want to bring along to your initial consultation:
1. Photographs of the Accident Scene
If you were able to take pictures at the accident scene, you should share these images with your attorney. Photos of road markings, damage to the vehicles involved, street signs, and other aspects of the collision could help your attorney and/or an accident reconstruction expert piece together what happened and determine who caused the wreck. Photos of your injuries taken at the scene could also help illustrate the severity of your condition.
2. A Written Account of What Happened
As soon as possible after the wreck, you should sit down to write a firsthand account of the collision. What were you doing in the moments before the crash? What did the at-fault party say immediately afterward? Were there any eyewitnesses? Did you notice any surveillance cameras nearby? Did police officers arrive to investigate the accident? The answers to these questions could help your attorney plan their investigation and identify important evidence that could be used to demonstrate liability and damages.
3. Surveillance Camera Footage
Whether you or someone else recorded footage of the accident on a dashcam, or a nearby surveillance camera caught the incident on film, such videos could help you prove liability. For instance, if the footage shows that the at-fault motorist was speeding before the accident, your attorney could use these videos to show that the driver was negligent.
4. Personal Injury Journal Entries
During your recovery, it may be useful to keep track of your pain levels, limitations, medication side-effects, and doctor’s visits in a personal injury journal. Preserving this information could help your attorney build a case for non-economic damages. For instance, if you experienced considerable agony due to your injuries, your car accident lawyer might use your entries to demonstrate the pain and suffering you’ve endured since the accident.
Discuss Your Case with a Texas Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, it may be in your best interests to speak to a skilled car accident attorney. At Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP, we can assess your situation as part of a free consultation. During this meeting, you’ll have a chance to get answers to your questions and find out potential outcomes for your claim. Dial 1-800-334-3298 or visit our contact page HERE to request a free case review.