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What should you do before talking to a truck accident attorney?

Before you meet with a truck accident attorney, there are a few things you should do. First, remember to get all the information about the trucking company and the driver together. You should have information such as the driver's name, the truck's license plate number, the driver's commercial driver's license number, the company or business information for organizations the driver works for and so on. If you've done any background research on the truck driver or company, that may be of assistance as well.

You should also keep information about the accident at hand. For example, you should have the police report ready for your attorney as well as the traffic violations or crimes the driver has been accused of or charged with. If you took a video or have photos from the scene, bring these to your meeting.

Be prepared to talk about how the accident took place and to state what you were doing when the accident happened. If you have information on the witnesses who were at the scene, this can be helpful to your attorney. He or she may need to reach out to the witnesses to discuss the crash.

If an ambulance came to the scene, it's important to get any information about the driver or medical technicians together. Keep your medical records and other information on your injuries as well. If you have persistent injuries, keep information and evidence of your treatment plan and recovery, so you can prove that your injuries not only took place but also continue to affect you.

All of this information together helps your attorney negotiate a fair settlement from the insurance company. While your attorney works on this, you can take time to recovery and heal from your trauma.

Source: FindLaw, "Five Things to Research Before Meeting a Truck Accident Attorney," accessed Jan. 10, 2017

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