You’re in a car wreck, and want to talk with an auto accident lawyer. But what do they need to know? When you’re prepared in advance for the conversation, you’ll get more out of the meeting. And, the auto accident lawyer will be in a better position to help you and explain your options. Be prepared to answer as many of these questions that you can:
What day and time did the car accident occur?
The time may be important . . . broad daylight vs. evening or early morning or dark plays a role in visibility.
How did the accident happen?
Knowing the sequence of events re-creates the accident and provides clues for fault. Try to remember the details.
Do you have any photos of the accident?
Photos are helpful. If you don’t have any, it’s ok.
Did the police come to the scene and make a report?
The police don’t always come unless there is an injury on site. But if the police did come, you should be able to get a report of the accident. The report may assign fault for the accident. If you can get the report before talking with the auto accident lawyer, great. If not, no problem.
What did the other driver say to you?
Did the driver admit fault? Did you exchange insurance information? Sometimes the other driver will say, “I’m so sorry,” or other clues that he or she accepts responsibility.
Have you talked with an insurance company?
Certainly, it is fine if you talked with either the other driver’s insurance company or your own. It’s best if you don’t talk with the other driver’s insurance and let the auto accident lawyer take care of it.
Did you require medical care, and do you have the records?
It’s helpful for your attorney to know when and where you received medical attention. Sometimes, the true physical consequences of an accident take several weeks to show up. Be sure that you make a list of everything that hurts. Injuries that happened at the scene of the accident, and pain that occurred later. You need to keep all of the bills as well as the documents from the visit that specify diagnosis and treatment recommendations. (Remember pharmaceutical bills, too.)
Do you have any reason to believe that your car accident injuries will be ongoing?
Any time that you see a doctor with any condition that is related to the accident, make sure that the medical record makes note of the accident. Without the connection of doctor visit and accident, the medical condition is more difficult to prove.
Did you miss work as a result of the accident?
If you lost income as a result of the accident or doctor visits, you will need documentation. The amount is likely a recoverable expense.
You may also have questions for the auto accident lawyer. It’s helpful to know what to expect, and your attorney will consider your answers and be able to set your expectations. Please contact our office if we can help.