Some things to research before your attorney meeting, part II

Accidents with trucks, their penchant for gratuitous destruction in movies aside, can be surprisingly complex. Many people may walk into one of these accidents expecting similar treatment as you would in any other accident. As discussed in a prior post, this is the absolute wrong way to approach these accidents. These cases can become complex very fast so it is best if your attorney is able to hit the ground running. In order for him to do that, he needs evidence and information as quickly as possible.

Examine your life. Go into the attorney meeting knowing how your financial situation, employment status, health and anything else will impact your ability to litigate the case. This will help guide your attorney. Maybe you are more interested in a quick settlement than a larger payout. You need to make sure your attorney knows your goals and limits.

This also leads into details that your attorney will need to prosecute your case. Bring to the meeting your pay stubs, dates on how long you have been out of work, any reductions to your salary and your insurer's information. Yes, your insurer still plays a part, even in complicated cases like these. This information helps establish some of your recovery and allows your attorney to interface with your insurer directly.

Finally, to round out the calculation of damages, take stock of your vehicle after the accident. Is it salvageable? If not, what was the fair market value just before the crash? Did you repair it? There are several different ways to ascertain the value of a particular piece of property. Your attorney can run through each method with you but in order for him to do that, he needs to know the answer to all of these questions.

If you were involved in an accident with a truck then you may want to speak to a lawyer. These cases are much more complex than a standard car on a car fender-bender. Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side may help you get the settlement you deserve.

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