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Checklist: Preparing to Meet with your Attorney after a Motor Vehicle Accident

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Driving a car carries with it many responsibilities, such as obeying traffic laws and obtaining insurance. If you are in a serious accident, you will benefit from having an attorney represent you both for your own damages and against any claims others might make against you. But what sort of things is your attorney going to be interested in knowing, and what documents might he or she be interested in reviewing? The following is a checklist of items you might want to think about, and prepare for, before meeting your attorney for the first time.

 

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

 

Are you prepared to explain the details of the accident?

Yes_________

No__________

POSSIBLE INFORMATION:

What day did the accident occur? ______________________________________

What time of day did the accident occur? ________________________________

What was the exact location of accident? _______________________________

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What was the weather like?___________________________________________

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What was the roadway like (wet, dry smooth, pot-holed,etc.)?_______________

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Were other cars or people involved?____________________________________

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How did the accident occur?__________________________________________

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Were police called to the scene? _______________________________________

Was a police report filed? ____________________________________________

What traffic violations, if any, were you charged with?_____________________

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Was an ambulance called to the scene? _________________________________

Were any photographs taken at the scene? _______________________________

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Were any television or other media crews at the scene?_____________________

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Are you prepared to provide information about witnesses

or other individuals involved in the accident?

Yes_________

No__________

POSSIBLE INFORMATION:

What are the names of witnesses or other involvedparties?____________________________________________________________________________________

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Their relation to you, if any? __________________________________________

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Telephone Numbers:_________________________________________________

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License Plate Numbers: _____________________________________________

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Are you prepared to provide information about your injuries?

Yes_______

No________

POSSIBLE INFORMATION:

Were you treated by emergency personnel?_______________________________

Were you taken to a hospital? _________________________________________

What was your immediate diagnosis?____________________________________

What treatments were you initially provided? ____________________________

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Did you have x-rays or other scans taken? _______________________________

Were you hospitalized? For how long? _________________________________

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What follow-up or additional treatment have youhad?______________________

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What are your present symptoms?______________________________________

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What is your present diagnosis?________________________________________

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What normal activities are you unable to do because of yourinjuries?__________

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What are the names and locations of all hospitals, clinics, doctors,specialists,

chiropractors, physical therapists or other providers you have seen for yourinjuries,

including the names of providers who have referred you to other providers?_____

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Who is your general or family physician? ________________________________

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Have you ever had similar injuries in the past?__________________________

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Are you prepared to provide information about you?

Yes_______

No________

POSSIBLE INFORMATION:

Your age and birthdate? _____________________________________________

Your address? _____________________________________________________

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Your telephone number?_____________________________________________

Your social security number? _________________________________________

Your marital status? ________________________________________________

Your children, if any? _______________________________________________

Your present employment, if any?______________________________________

Your wages or salary?_______________________________________________

Have you have missed time from work as a result of the accident?____________

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Do you have a valid drivers’license?____________________________________

Do you have automobile insurance? ____________________________________

Who is your insurer? ________________________________________________

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Have you previously been involved in any car accidents?________________

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Have you ever been convicted of a crime? _______________________________

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Are you prepared to provide information about your car?

Yes_______

No________

POSSIBLE INFORMATION:

Make and model of car?______________________________________________

Year?_____________________________________________________________

Is there a lien-holder or bank interest in thecar?___________________________

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How long have you owned the car?_____________________________________

What is the working condition of the car?________________________________

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When was your car last serviced or seen by a mechanic? ________________

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What damages were sustained to your car during the accident? __________

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Have you received an estimate for the damages?________________________

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Did your car have any damages, dings or dents prior to the accident?_____

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Do you have photographs of you car both before, and after, the accident?

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Next Steps
Contact a qualified auto accident attorney to make sure
your rights are protected.
(e.g., Chicago, IL or 60611)

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