When you are involved in a crash accident with an 18-wheeler truck or other “big rigs” it is best to be prepared before you talk to your lawyer about your truck accident claim. Do your research. Prepare the documents and information about the accident for your lawyer to be able to represent you in the best way possible.

Bring a copy of the crash report that was made by the police officer who responded to the accident scene. This report includes the identity and insurance information of the truck driver and trucking company, statements from witnesses, and information on whether any parties involved were brought to the hospital. A narrative opinion of the officer is also included in the report.

The police report that was filed about the accident has vital information that insurance companies can use since it narrates what the officer thinks happened. Be sure to have a copy of this report, and present it to your lawyer.

Share any information you found about the trucking company and any photographic evidence from the scene. Provide all the details that you can about your car—year, model and make of your car, and the damages sustained.

Obtain a copy of the open records report from the police department. A transcript of the 911 call may also be obtained to provide additional information just in case the report does not seem accurate.

Provide your insurance information, history of involvement in any car accidents, your salary and whether you missed work due to injuries from the accident. Make sure to bring your medical records after the accident as proof of the injuries you suffered. Help your lawyer help you.

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