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How to Prepare for a Consultation After a Truck Accident

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.

Trucking Accident Liability: An Overview

Large commercial trucks sharing the roadways with much smaller, privately-owned vehicles can create a dangerous situation for everyone on the road. Because these vehicles are so large in size, they often have limited visibility, creating multiple blind spots in which truck drivers are unable to see the road. More importantly, if an accident involving a large commercial truck does occur, the consequences for all those involved in the accident can be substantial, even life-threatening.

Accidents involving a large commercial truck are often subject to legal action, in large part because those who are the victims of these types of unfortunate circumstances often require Truck Accident On Texas Road In Sunsetsubstantial medical treatment in order to recover from their injuries. The costs of this treatment are often quite high, and therefore trucking accident victims often seek compensation for their losses. However, assessing liability for trucking accidents can often be complicated, as several different parties may be variously implicated in the accident’s occurrence. An example of a prominent trucking accident settlement can help to show how exactly this can operate.

A truck driver working for a cable company in Texas struck a vehicle driven by Mindy Ragsdale, with her grandmother Peggye Woodson in the passenger’s seat, killing both women. The collision occurred even though the driver should have had as many as 14 seconds of visibility in which to come to a stop behind the vehicle. The accident occurred because the driver had been busy texting on his cellphone instead of focusing on the road, as he should have been.

In this circumstance, the driver was clearly the individual responsible for the accident’s occurrence. However, the truck accident lawyer which represented the family of Mindy Ragsdale and Peggye Woodson was able to effectively argue that the company bore at least some share of responsibility for the accident because it had failed to implement a ban on cellphone use while driving for its employees. Under the legal theory of vicarious responsibility, this would have left the company liable for much of the damages sought by the family if the case had gone to trial. In order to avoid this outcome, as well as the negative publicity such a move might result in, the company settled out of court with the family.

This is just one example of the many ways that trucking accident liability can be more complicated than it may initially appear. While the driver was certainly responsible for the accident, the company which employed him was also eventually deemed liable for the damages that his negligent actions caused because of its own lax safety policies. Many similar cases occur every year in the United States.