If you were involved in a car accident that resulted in personal injuries to you that you want to seek compensation for, there are a few things that you can do to strengthen your case. Two of the suggestions on the list are connected to actions taken at the scene of the accident and two of the suggestions are connected to what you do after the accident.
#1 Get As Much Evidence At The Scene As Possible
One of the best things you can do to strengthen a future case is collect evidence at the scene. If you are ever involved in a car accident, this is always a good rule of thumb to follow.
After you seek medical attention, if you are able to, you should take detailed photographs of the scene of the accident. If you are not able to do so yourself, see if a passenger in your vehicle can document the scene or if a friend can come down and document the scene for you.
Here is what you should take pictures of:
- Skid Marks
- Vehicle Damage
- Property Damage
- Personal Injuries
- Car Positions
- Traffic Lights
- Speed Limit Signs
- Surrounding Traffic Flow
Do not just focus on the vehicles; focus on the entire environment. Capturing the entire scene will help you prove your case in court.
#2 Get Contact Information For Any Potential Witness
The other thing you want to do on the scene is get contact information from as many potential witnesses as possible. Of course, you should get the contact information from the other driver.
But you should also try to gather contact information for anyone who stops to help and saw what happened. Their testimony could prove very valuable; you can use it as leverage for a settlement, and it can prove extremely valuable to offer additional perspectives other than your own about the accident in court.
#3 Keep Track Of Your Medical Records
You need to keep detailed track of all your medical expenses and records as you undergo treatment for the injuries you sustained in the car accident. When you go in for treatment, don't wait for them to send you a bill; ask for a copy of your bill when you get the treatment.
Keep detailed records of every doctor's appointment, test run and therapy that you undergo. You should also keep track of how all of these medical appointments impact your life; how to they cut into your work and personal time? This will help you present the economic impact of the car accident.
#4 Get Legal Help
Finally, if you want to win your case, you need to get legal help right away. This will help you make the right decisions as you deal with your insurance company, the other driver and getting medical help so that you don't do anything that would compromise your future case. For more information, contact Carl L. Britt, Jr. or a similar legal professional.