Tips for Bringing a Successful Car Accident Claim
If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, the road forward can be littered with complications, but there are several things you can do to help the process go more smoothly. Because your ability to fully recover is predicated on obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled, it is critical that you take the car accident claim process very seriously.
At the Accident Scene
If you have been injured in a car accident, you will undoubtedly be at a loss regarding your next best steps. If you can gather evidence at the scene, do so; if you are not, a bystander or two is very likely to step in on your behalf. Additionally, the sooner you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, the sooner he or she can begin collecting evidence in support of your claim (which can start disappearing in the immediate aftermath of the accident). When it comes to evidence at the scene, consider all of the following:
Pictures and videos that explore the accident scene from every angle (including documentation of any extenuating circumstances, such as low visibility or a badly worn roadway)
Eyewitness testimony and contact information
A written narrative explaining exactly how the accident transpired (in your own words) – the upset of the accident and its aftermath can deteriorate your memories, so this document can prove invaluable
After the Accident
It is always a good idea to seek medical attention after a car accident. If you are offered emergency medical care at the scene or emergency transportation from the location, you are well-advised to accept it. Some injuries are slow to develop symptoms and can become even more severe and more difficult to treat effectively, which means that waiting to receive care can prove detrimental. Obtaining the medical care you need is the right thing to do for your health. It sends a direct message to the insurance company that your injuries are severe and that they should be taken seriously by said insurance company.
Reach Out to a Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury cases are complicated, and this – coupled with the fact that you have been injured – means that going it alone is unlikely to do you any favors. Consulting with a focused personal injury attorney as soon after the accident as possible will help to ensure that you preserve your strongest claim – in the efficient and effective pursuit of compensation that covers your damages in their entirety.