Truck accidents are far too common here in Tucson. This shouldn’t be surprising, since this is a fairly big city with quite a bit of traffic, and the occasional deluge that can make driving a true hazard for even the most experienced person behind the wheel.
At the same time, truck accidents are particularly unfortunate because they are often avoidable and often catastrophic. The resulting injuries can leave people in serious physical and financial shape. That’s why so many people have to pursue claims against trucking companies. Truck accidents are serious, and often, there’s no other way to get compensation. Since this is such a big issue in the Tucson area, I thought I’d take a moment to provide a little help to those who are preparing for a potential suit.
The first thing you need to do is find the right lawyer. That often requires shopping around a bit and taking advantage of the free calls and free consultations lawyers will offer you. These consultations have a double purpose in that they give you and the lawyer a chance to review your potential case, and they give the lawyer a chance to sell themselves as the best option to take that case.
So, what should you do to prepare for your truck accident consultation? That’s an important question, and it’s one I rarely find answers for online. Many lawyers recommend coming in for a free consultation, but it’s hard to find out what the person pursuing a claim should do beforehand. Since you’re probably already in the midst of a very difficult period, dealing with injuries, bills, pain, and a lot of difficult emotions, it’s important to get this information out there and get it straight.
Thankfully, not all lawyers leave this matter open and unexplained. Tucson’s own Russo, Russo, & Slania, P.C. Attorneys at Law explain very succinctly exactly what you should do before sitting down with your potential lawyer.
They advise that you to bring all the necessary documents, which include:
- Medical bills
- Copies of police reports
- Photos taken after the accident
Otherwise, they don’t say you have to do much else. However, to expand on that list a bit on my own, I think there are a few other things you might want to do if it is possible.
For instance, it might be good to dress up a bit if possible, since you want to impress the lawyer, just like they want to impress you.
You could also draw up a list of questions you want answered. Everyone has some basic questions, and while some of them (such as, famously, “how much is my case worth?”) are probably impossible to answer fully in that first consultation, you can definitely get a better feel for what your case will look like with this lawyer.
Finally, do a little research about the lawyer before the consultation. Read about old cases, reviews, and other sources that paint a picture. Then you can ask for more information about their experience when you sit down with them.
Not everyone is able to do all of this before a consultation, but if you are able to complete that list, you’ll have a must better and more useful experience.