You will need to collect, preserve and produce all your notes, photos, recollections, and other relevant information from the accident scene as well as medical records and bills.
If you are involved in an accident with a heavy truck or other large commercial vehicle and you are physically able to do so, you should give police on the scene your full account of what happened. Then if possible, you or a companion should try to make notes and take pictures of anything at the scene you think is important.
It is critical to gather and preserve as much evidence as possible from the scene. The more information and documentation you can provide, the better equipped your attorney will be to assess the strength of your truck accident case and get it off the ground.
Some useful documentation you should bring to your initial consultation with an attorney, if possible, is:
- The police report
- Your written personal account of the accident and subsequent injuries/medical care
- Photos of the accident scene or your injuries
- Medical records including x-rays, CT scans, MRI's, as well as bills for medical services
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses to the accident
Anything you do not bring to the first meeting with your attorney can always be collected at a later date. The information you provide could help rebut any denials or arguments made by the truck driver, as well as mitigate your own liability if you are found to be partly responsible for your accident and preserve your right to receive partial damages from the other party.
Even if you have little or no documentation, you should still schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney after sustaining injuries in a truck accident.
How do I Know if my Truck Accident Case Will Succeed?
While it’s impossible to predict with absolute certainty whether you will win or lose your Illinois truck accident lawsuit, there are some inquiries you and your attorney can make that can be bellwether indicators of your chances of success:
- Was the truck driver working at the time of the accident or en route to a worksite?
- Was the driver speeding or intoxicated at the time of the accident?
- Did the accident happen because of faulty maintenance of the truck or a malfunction such as a defective tire or other piece of equipment?
- Did the driver fail to signal prior to colliding with you?
- Did the driver leave his/her lane and sideswipe you or run head-on into you?
Don’t Know What to do After a Truck Accident in Illinois?
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