After a major accident that involved an 18-wheeler, you understandably had many fears and worries. Because you suffered tremendous injury as a result of the truck driver’s negligence, you may have spent a considerable amount of time in hospital care as you worked to recover. Even now, you may know that parts of your life will never be the same.
Though your medical treatment and recovery took a top priority, you may also have wondered about possibly pursuing compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages resulting from the life-changing accident you experienced. Filing a personal injury claim with a North Carolina civil court may give you such an opportunity.
What information do you need?
Just like with any legal proceeding, civil cases can take time to complete and have their complications. You certainly want to start on the right foot, so you may want to take the time to gather information about the accident that could prove useful during your case. Some information to collect before even getting your case underway includes the following:
- The name of the truck driver and trucking company
- Information about the truck, like the license plate number or other identifying details
- Information from the police report, if one was filed
- Photographs or videos from the scene of the accident
- Information about any charges the truck driver faced after the incident
- When and where the accident took place
- The roadway conditions at the time of the crash
- The number of people and vehicles involved
- The damage your vehicle sustained in the crash
- Estimates for repairs
It is also important that you provide information about your injuries, treatment and medical ordeal as a whole. If you had to undergo x-rays or other scans, having copies of those results may be beneficial. You may also need information about the specific treatment you received, any ongoing treatment or rehabilitation, continuing symptoms, and any activities your injuries prevent you from completing.
Other important facts
If you have a hard time obtaining certain information right away, do not feel discouraged. Gathering as much information as possible could provide a useful starting place, and if necessary, your attorney could work to gain more information on your behalf. Working with a legal professional could help you further explore your legal options for seeking compensation for damages permitted under state law.