When contacting a lawyer about a car accident the more information you can provide them, the better. While the questions may vary from lawyer to lawyer, these questions tend to be the most important pieces of information your lawyer will want to know.
They will need to know the basics of the accident:
- Where did the accident take place?
- If it took place on a highway, make note of the direction (northbound, westbound, etc) and near which exit or landmark it took place
- Who was involved in the accident? All of the known drivers and passengers.
- The insurance information of all drivers involved including carrier and policy number
- The vehicles involved in the accident
- Make and model
- License plate number
Can You Describe the Accident?
Your lawyer will want to know all about the accident, from before the accident started all the way through your reports to law enforcement and the insurance carriers.
Start with a time right before the accident, tell about the general situation. How much traffic was there? What was the weather like? How much visibility was there on the road? Did some distraction take place like other cars honking? Were there any obstacles on the road? Were you using your phone? Was the other driving using their phone? Did a tire blow out before the accident?
Next, describe the lead into the accident. Try to focus on facts and thoughts, and not your emotions. What did you see happening? For example, you saw a car changing lanes in front of you, did they fail to signal and you did not see them merge in time?
What did you physically feel during the accident? What maneuver were you performing at the time of the accident? Were you hit or did you hit someone else?
Did You Document the Accident?
Following the accident, describe the damage you observed. If you have pictures of the damage, show them to your lawyer. Did any of the other drivers appear intoxicated? Did any of them make threats or commit any violent acts? Did any of them admit guilt or fault to you? Remember, you should never admit guilt or fault to anyone except your lawyer. However, if you did say something that could be taken as admitting fault or guilt, then it is best to tell your lawyer so they can deal with anything that might affect your case.
Do You Have Any Other Evidence?
Finally, your lawyer will want to know what the police and your insurance carriers do or say after the accident. Your lawyer will want to know about any and all communication between you and law enforcement/insurance carriers. If you have received a case number or copy of the report from law enforcement or your insurance company, then give it to your lawyer.
Where Can You Find the Right Lawyer?
A car accident is a difficult experience and the right lawyer can help you obtain the best outcome. A local personal injury lawyer will be your best chance to help your claim succeed.