You’re about to meet with an experienced, highly qualified traffic accident lawyer to discuss a possible personal injury lawsuit. By remembering that the lawyer will use the meeting to evaluate you and your future argument, you will be able to plan in such a way that you will make a good impression on the lawyer and increase the likelihood that he or she will agree to represent you.Lardiere McNair DiNicola & Stonebrook, Ltd., LPA has some nice tips on this.
First and foremost, get organised. In order to assess your future argument, the lawyer would need some documentation from you. Before your meeting, put together a folder with the following documents:
- A police report and/or a copy of the accident report (s). These reports will assist the lawyer in obtaining further accident descriptions, as well as determining the identity of any witnesses and their perspectives about how the accident occurred and who is to blame, as well as learning about any specific circumstances, such as alcohol, and whether anyone was cited for the accident.
- Photographs of the crash and the scene of the accident The photos would aid the prosecutor in gaining a sense of the accident scene, as well as the amount of traffic, visibility, and weather conditions (if the photographs were taken at the time of the accident).
- The other driver’s name, address, driver’s licence number, vehicle year, make and model, licence plate number, and insurance company. The prosecutor would need to locate the other driver in order to learn as much as possible about him or her, including whether (and how much) insurance the driver has and whether or not the driver has been in any previous accidents.
- All witnesses to the crash, including their names and contact details. Witnesses can be very useful in determining who is to blame for the accident. The prosecutor would like to see that all of the witnesses offer the same account of the accident and if they are trustworthy.
- Photographs of the damage to the vehicle(s) involved in the crash, as well as repair estimates (or bills). The attorney would also be able to assess the location and nature of the vehicle injury. Far too often, insurance adjusters handling car accident cases evaluate injury claims based on the degree of vehicle damage. They, as well as prospective jurors, are wary of serious injury in cases involving minor vehicle damage. Although there are many serious injuries that can occur in cases involving low impact or minor vehicle injury, the lawyer must assess how much resistance claims adjusters and prospective jurors can have.