All motoring accidents are not created equal. An accident between two cars can allow occupants to walk away almost unscathed. The same usually isn’t true for collisions involving commercial trucks. Serious or fatal injury is much more likely for occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Size isn’t the only thing that makes Alabama accidents involving trucks different. Pursuing compensation for injuries can be more challenging because in addition to the truck driver, liability may extend to the driver’s employer, the company that owns the truck, the firm that loaded the vehicle and every individual insurance company. Consulting an attorney is the place to start to understand your rights. And here are some suggestions on information that can help make the first meeting most fruitful.
Every accident is different, but each prompts the same questions. Have the answers ahead of time and your case assessment can be smoother.
Details to provide can include:
- The trucking company’s name and contact information.
- The truck driver’s name, driver’s license number and contact information.
- The truck’s license number and any other identifiers such as state or federal carrier numbers.
- The names of any other companies associated with the truck and driver.
- The names of any insurers.
Specific to the accident itself, these things are important:
- The who, what, where and when.
- Road and weather conditions at the time.
- Whether police were called and filed a report.
- Any traffic citations police issued.
- Photos of the scene. (Alternatively, note if any local media responded and took pictures).
- Names and contact information of witnesses.
In support of optimal recovery for your suffering, provide the following:
- Any diminishment of normal activity due to injury.
- Complete records of medical diagnoses and care from the moment of the crash onward.
- Any lingering symptoms or conditions and your prognosis.
- Any history of previous similar injuries.
You will want to provide the attorney with details about your vehicle: how long you’ve owned it; maintenance records; and the estimate for repairs. Before and after photos of the vehicle can also be helpful.
From a financial perspective, provide information about your employment situation including: current income; any time lost due to the crash; your driving license and insurance data. Also let the attorney know if you’ve ever been in an accident before or been convicted of anything.
You are your first advocate after a crash. But a skilled attorney can help ease the load in the aftermath.