Questions to Ask During Your First Meeting With a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are ever in an accident with a commercial truck, it is very important to consult with a truck accident attorney. These accidents are almost always the fault of the truck driver, but getting compensation can be an uphill battle in many ways. The sooner you seek legal counsel, the better. But what questions should you ask during this first meeting? If your attorney does not automatically give you the following information, definitely ask for it.
Who will you be suing?
You might figure your case will be against the truck driver who collided with you, but this is not always the case. Your lawsuit may actually be against the commercial company that the driver was working for at the time of the crash. It may also be against the insurance company that the driver or trucking company has a contract with. Other times, your lawyer may recommend filing multiple suits against more than one of these entities.
How much compensation can you expect?
How much compensation you can expect will probably change throughout the process of your case. However, your lawyer can give you a rough estimate at this first appointment so that you have some idea of what to expect. They will base this estimate not only on the extent of your injuries and medical costs but also on their past experiences. They may even directly tell you, for instance, that they receive an average of $150,000 compensation for their clients.
What documentation should you be keeping in the coming months?
Make sure you know what documentation to keep so that you do not accidentally throw away something that you need. You'll probably be told to keep copies of all medical bills and records, but do you also need receipts for gas that you used to get to the doctor? What about receipts for pain relievers? Let your attorney weigh in so you know what to add to your file.
Can you expect the case to go to court?
Some truck accident cases go to court, and others are settled out of court. It's more common for an out-of-court settlement to happen if you're using the insurance company rather than the driver. Get a sense of what your lawyer predicts will happen so you can plan accordingly. If a case goes to court, it will typically take longer for you to receive compensation, but you may receive more.
If any additional questions come to mind, don't hesitate to ask a truck accident lawyer. Part of their job is to answer you and provide all relevant information.