While nobody wants to get into an accident, the fact is that it happens. More than two million people were injured in car crashes in 2013 alone. If you're injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering as well as lost income due to injuries and other things like vehicle rental costs while your car gets fixed. Here are five steps to take if you are injured in an auto accident to ensure the best opportunity for compensation.
Get Plenty of Photos
Whether using a smartphone or camera, it is important to take snapshots of the accident scene as soon as the accident happens if possible. In addition to getting photos of your own vehicle, you'll also want to take photos of
The more you document through photos, the easier it will be to put together a clear picture for the court of what happened to cause the accident, and the immediate repercussions of it.
Connect With Witnesses
While still at the scene of the accident, it is important to connect with any witnesses that saw the accident happen. Get names, phone numbers, and quick stories from each person so they can be contacted by the insurance company to be questioned if need be.
Some people may not be willing to provide you with personal contact information, in which case you can ask for their insurance information for a means of communication if you end up with a case in court.
Document the Incident ASAP
If you end up filing a personal injury case, the process can take weeks (if not months) before a conclusion is made and in that time your memory of all the details of the accident can get a little fuzzy if they are not properly documented. It's important to take the time and sit down to write out each part of the accident as you remember it happening on the same day while the memories are still fresh.
There is a chance that you'll have to share your story of events more than once throughout the process of getting compensation for the accident, and your document of events will help ensure that your story doesn't accidentally get mixed up after some time.
Put Together a Portable Office
Whether you are talking to the other party, your insurance company, or the hospital where you injuries are checked out, you will more than likely want to have all of the same paperwork handy for verification purposes. A great way to make sure that you always have everything you need is to put together a portable office by filling a briefcase with:
It's also important to have affidavits from work available if you can't perform your job for pay.
Contact an Auto Accident Attorney
One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself throughout the process of trying to get compensation for your vehicle repairs and injuries is to contact a car crash attorney who specializes in auto accidents. Your attorney help you determine the best course of action to take in order to get the results that you're looking for. Make sure that you bring your portable office with you to your initial meeting so the attorney has all the information they need about your case right from the get-go.
With these techniques at your disposal, you'll find that you have the resources and support you need to recover from your injuries without a lot of stress and minimal loss of income.
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