An automobile crash--it is the one thing most drivers don't expect to happen when they climb behind the wheel of their vehicle during their usual daily routine. However, according to an article on Forbes.com, statistics prove that the average driver will have three or four accidents in their lifetime. Therefore, your chances of having to face injuries and lost wages because of a car accident that was not even your fault are pretty high. One of the first things you should do is contact an accident attorney for advice, which usually means they will schedule a free consultation appointment. So, what exactly will this meeting involve? Here's what you need to know.
Expect to give your own account of what happened.
From the time of day that the accident occurred to where you were heading when it happened, your chosen attorney will want to know every detail of the accident and how it happen. Even though you may have already given this account to the insurance company, this information will need to be rehashed with your attorney so they can get a clear idea of everything that took place and who was at fault.
Expect to be asked for documentation of the accident.
Before your initial consultation with a car accident attorney, round up all the documents you have obtained regarding the collision thus far. Don't forget to bring things like:
- the police report provided to you by the authorities
- photographs you took or that were taken at the scene
- the other driver's insurance information
- the other driver's personal information, such as their name and contact information
- any documentation you have received from your insurance company or that of the other driver
All of this documentation will likely be copied and looked over by your attorney and put in a file to later reference for your case.
Expect to be asked about your damages and losses.
There are a lot of losses that can be caused by one single automobile accident. You may be dealing with lost time from work or even the loss of your employment because of your injuries. You could be facing a total loss of your vehicle and even loss of mobility, which could also affect your ability to get to work. Also, you could have incurred damages because of medical bills, such as hospital and doctor visits or even an ambulance ride to the emergency room. In order to get an idea of how much money your claim could be worth, yoru attorney needs this information in depth.