Traffic accidents involving large trucks can result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful deaths in many cases. The sheer weight and size difference between a large truck and a standard passenger vehicle is the main reason that so many fatalities occur in these types of collisions. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a collision with a large truck in Illinois, you need to contact a Rockford truck accident attorney right away.
Before coming to your first meeting with your new attorney, it is helpful to have as much information as possible so the attorney can sit down with you and go over everything while you are there in the office. It can help them to get started investigating right away and make sure all evidence is preserved. Here is a look at some of the information you should have, if possible, when you meet with the attorney you plan to retain.
Information on the Trucking Company and the Driver
You may think that everything regarding the details of the parties involved is on the police report, but this is not always the case. You want to verify that you have the driver’s information as well as the trucking company’s information. Did you confirm the license plate of the truck? What about the commercial driver’s license number? Do you remember specific details about the truck? Is there a chance other companies are involved, as well?
Details About the Accident
You want to make sure you have all the details of the accident in your own words. How did the accident happen? If there was a police report, make sure you have all the information on where to obtain a copy. Was anyone issued a traffic citation in the accident? Did you take any photos of the accident scene? Did you get contact information for any witnesses?
Medical Treatment Following the Accident
Your attorney needs to know what injuries you sustained in the accident and what treatment you have had thus far. Were you taken by ambulance from the scene? What was your immediate diagnosis? What activities have you been unable to complete since the accident? Have you missed any work due to the accident? How are you doing presently, and what is the course of recommended treatment going forward? Did you ever sustain similar injuries in an earlier accident or occurrence in your life?
Details on Your Vehicle
You also need details on your own vehicle. What is the year, make, and model? Do you own the vehicle outright, or are you still making payments and there is a lienholder listed? How long have you had the vehicle? What condition was it in prior to the accident? Have you had recent work done on it? How much damage did it sustain, and do you have an estimate for the repair costs?
Contact an Illinois Accident Attorney Today
If you were injured in an accident involving a large truck, contact Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. today to schedule an initial consultation.