Strengthen Your Auto Accident Claim With These 10 Steps
You may be able to file a personal injury claim for compensation if you have been the victim of an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligence. Your attorney will need to prove that the other driver caused the collision and that you suffered tangible damages. These damages refer to injuries that required medical attention, out-of-pocket costs related to your injuries, lost wages due to your injury, pain and suffering due to the accident, etc.
The actions you take immediately following an accident can have a lasting affect on your claim and the compensation you receive. In order to help maximize your compensation and protect your rights 1-800-THE-LAW2 is breaking down 10 steps you should follow to help strengthen your auto accident claim.
10 Steps You Can Take to Strengthen Your Auto Accident Claim
- Call 911 immediately. The other driver may try to convince you to settle with them on the spot, but you need to make an official accident report even if the damage is minimal. While you may feel fine at the scene, your body may suffer pain after a few days and you’ll regret not getting an official report.
- Remain calm and caring. Making the effort to comfort others while you wait for authorities to arrive is not only a nice thing to do, but it will help others view you as a caring individual. Just be sure not to make statements that may admit to your own negligence.
- Exchange information with the other driver. Ask to see their license and insurance card. Write down the information on the cards and ask for contact information.
- Take photos and videos on the scene. Take pictures from every possible angle. Record the scene on video so you and your attorney can refer to it at a later date in case you cannot remember precise details. Be sure to get images/video of all vehicles involved in the collision.
- Record any conversation you have with the driver, in case they openly admit fault. You can use these statements as evidence during a trial or settlement talks if they suddenly claim the accident was your fault
- After you have finished taking pictures and recording the scene of the accident, approach witnesses and ask if you can get their names and contact information. Ask a witness to write down what they saw, but if they don’t have the time, ask if you can record a video of what they saw as an alternative.
- Get a police report which is usually available a few days after a collision. The report will include a description of the accident, a diagram of the scene, and the officer’s assessment of fault.
- Accept medical care at the scene of the accident. Sometimes adrenaline can mask the pain of a serious injury so allow the paramedics to check you out and determine what kind of treatment you need.
- Meet with an attorney. You can contact 1-800-THE-LAW2 for a free consultation with an auto attorney who can advise you on the best way to deal with your case. Your attorney will handle all the details related to your case, such as contacting the driver’s insurance company.
- Seek follow-up medical treatment for injuries you sustained and keep copies of all records and receipts.
To help strengthen your auto accident claim, consult with an experienced and knowledgeable auto accident lawyer from 1-800-THE-LAW2 for free. Our bilingual representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take your call.