Regardless of the circumstances, there is one thing that almost all accident attorneys almost always hear the same comment from their clients. That they’d wish they’d known what to do immediately after being part of their automobile and motorcycle accidents, before they ever needed to know. Auto accident attorneys can do a lot on your behalf to get you the settlement you need after incurring injuries in an accident, however, there are many small details that occur immediately after being in the accident that greatly improve your accident attorney’s ability to get you all of the compensation you deserve.
We hope that you never have any reason to need a auto accident attorney, but if you ever happen to be in a wreck, please check out of list of things you need to know now:
Four Things Your Car Accident Lawyer Wants You to Know Before You’re Ever in an Accident
- Regardless of the circumstances, admit nothing.
Maybe the accident was the other driver’s fault. Maybe it was your fault. Maybe it was just pure bad luck. That’s for the cops to decide. Not for you or the other driver to determine.
It is human nature to want to comfort each other when you’ve been in a wreck. But statements like “I didn’t see you coming!” or “It’s not your fault!” can be used against you when your accident lawyer attempts to recover the damages you incurred in the wreck. It’s okay to ask the other party if they’re okay. Beyond that, just make it a point to collect their insurance information and call the cops right away. No other information should be traded between you and the other party in the wreck.
- Collect any evidence at the scene of the accident.
If you are physically able to, take pictures. Lots of pictures. Photograph your car. The other driver’s vehicle. The weather conditions. The road and any obstructions that could be related to the accident. Your accident lawyer always has the option of not using evidence that doesn’t help your case, but they can’t create photo evidence after the fact. You can’t take too many pictures.
It is also important to collect contact information from any witnesses at the scene of the wreck. Many times, having a witness that can testify to the circumstances in the wreck can be the difference between thousands of dollars in your accident settlement. If the key witnesses in an accident leave the scene before you get their information, you might never see them again. Make it a point to get contact information right away, or have someone else do it if you physically can’t.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
Even if you feel okay, you need to be seen by a medical professional, and you need to be seen right away. Often, the most debilitating injuries aren’t apparent until days or possibly weeks after the accident. Having a medical professional check you out will ensure if you have a muscular, spinal, or neck injury, it will be identified right away.
This isn’t just important for your own well-being (although that is an important part of it). Getting care from a doctor immediately after the wreck helps your lawyer connect the injury to the wreck. The medical records from your visit after the wreck are evidence that support your claim.
This is also important because if you wait to seek care after an accident, the liable insurance company can claim that the extent of your injury is a result of your own negligence.
- Document and document some more.
Like the photo-evidence, and medical records, there is no amount of documentation that would be too much for your lawyer. Immediately following the accident, take a detailed account of the events. Many pertinent details will become fuzzy in the days that follow. Keep a journal of your well-being and recover; write down any ailments that arise following the accident. Most importantly, keep track of all expenses that arise after the accident: fuel mileage traveling to medical appointments, medical expenses themselves, lost work, incidentals while recovering. These costs will help your lawyer build a case on your behalf.
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