A truck accident claim requires several types of evidence or documents depending on the type of injury, the nature of the accident, and the damage that has happened as a result of the accident.
Here, in this post, we have tried to highlight the documents you might need for injury making claims along with a few more details that can help in making the entire process as smooth as possible.
Documents your attorney needs
A truck accident attorney, who’s taking your case needs as many details as you could provide. So take ample time and make a list of everything that you think is relevant to your case. I said it in the previous article, and I am saying it again here, do not hold anything back; if you do that, you might end up digging your own grave.
What if you couldn’t figure out what documents are crucial? Okay, the information that an attorney needs to start with are
- The date of the accident
- The location of the accident
- How the accident actually happened
- Injury details
Two information, which you may not include, but which the lawyer may find useful are witness identification and whether you are linked to a trade union. Being linked to any such organization means you can avail legal help at a reduced cost.
Taking a trucking company to court is not enough; you need to make sure you win the case. For that, you need to provide your attorney with proof of loss of earnings due to the accident and other financial expenses. This will make your case strong.
Such documents are medical bills, job offers, you had to decline, documents that relate to insurance policies covering your medical expenses, etc.
If you met similar accidents before and if the circumstances were similar, the documents relating to them might be helpful. So, produce those documents too.
This part is really difficult. It’s difficult for you, and for countless others, who share your fate. But even though difficult, it’s not impossible. The parameters that can help you figure out the possible expenses are:
- The complexity level of your case
- The competence and efficiency of the attorney you are hiring
Before you hire an attorney, compare his charges with that of the others. This can give you a fair idea of how much a truck accident attorney may charge you.
Some attorneys won’t ask you for an upfront fee. They’d rather enter into an agreement with you. As a victim attempts to preserve his right to compensation, his lawyer also secures a share of the compensation. But what if you lose the case? Ask the attorney to explain what are your options then. Along with this, ask him to explain the additional expenses.
A prior discussion
I recommend all accident victims to discuss the merit of the case with the attorney in advance. Such a discussion would be helpful for both parties. You’d get an idea of how the attorney would help you. The attorney would be able to gauge the worth of your compensation claim and the odds of winning.
Is he helping you?
There are signs that can tell you whether the lawyer is helping you. Following are the signs:
- He doesn’t keep you in the dark and reveals everything to you about the case
- He reveals the fee structure to you
- He defines evidence to you and he keeps asking for evidence
- He reveals all the funding options to you
If you feel the lawyer is deliberately withholding information, then ask him questions straightaway. Some lawyers tell their clients that they won’t ask for a fee if they lose the case. But after losing it, they ask for a fee.
I described the entire process to you in detail. Take notes of the points being discussed and most importantly, stay updated about the new truck accident laws and accident details.