The days following a serious truck accident can be confusing. A collision can impact all aspects of your life, affecting your emotional, physical, and financial well-being. Additionally, you may be trying to navigate the claims process, an undertaking that can be both daunting and exhausting.
Sitting down with an attorney to discuss your case can provide clarity and guidance during this challenging chapter of your life. Preparing just a few items to share with your lawyer could help you maximize every minute of this opportunity.
Below are a few items you may want to bring along:
1. Financial Documents
Many victims incur thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost income, and other losses following a serious truck accident. Thankfully, you may be able to recover compensation for these damages by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault truck driver and their employer.
However, in order to maximize your recovery, it’s important to document all costs and losses you have incurred. For instance, you should save copies of your medical bills, invoices for repairs, estimates for home modifications, and receipts for costs such as alternative transportation. Additionally, make sure to compile any evidence related to your lost wages in a safe place. Such proof could include letters from your employer, tax returns, and pay stubs.
2. Photographs of the Accident Scene
While you may wish to put the accident behind you, taking time to properly document the accident scene could help you build a durable foundation for your personal injury case. After just a few days, important evidence such as road markings may disappear, leaving you without access to proof that could play a crucial role in supporting your claim.
Using your smartphone, take pictures—from multiple different distances and angles—of the vehicles involved, street signs, weather conditions, your injuries, and any other elements that you think might help your attorney piece together what happened. Additionally, if you were able to obtain surveillance camera footage or dashcam videos of the collision, these recordings could also help you prove fault.
3. A Written Account of the Accident
It’s important to write down everything you recall about an accident, as soon as possible, while your memory is still fresh. Memories fade over time, and years, months, or even weeks down the line, you may struggle to remember important moments or might even misremember certain details.
Start from the moments before the wreck, and work slowly through each moment. What were you doing in the minutes before the collision? What did the truck driver say immediately afterward? Did anyone else see the accident happen? Did the police arrive to investigate the wreck? Did you see any surveillance cameras nearby? The answers to these questions could help preserve your memories, giving you a useful reference point as your case unfolds.
Speak to a Texas Truck Accident Attorney Today
A serious truck collision can throw your life off course in an instant, potentially causing debilitating injuries, pain, and life-altering limitations.
At Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP, our truck accident attorneys may be able to help you hold the at-fault parties accountable for the damage they’ve caused. Not only can we help investigate the accident and gather the necessary evidence to prove liability, causation, and damages, but we can also provide tenacious representation throughout proceedings. Contact us today at 1-800-334-3298, or tap through to our contact page HERE to request a free consultation.