If you have been in a car wreck, an auto accident attorney can make sure that you are protected financially. Many people don't realize that even if you were the victim of an accident, the insurance company on the other side may come after you. The other driver will often tell a different version of the story in order to look innocent and prevent themselves from being liable. Knowing their insurance rates could increase, there is motivation to lie or twist the truth. While you would hope that people wouldn't do this, it happens all the time.
As an attorney, we work to protect the interests for our clients from the very beginning. There are certain things you can do now to help build your case and preserve the evidence.
Here are some simple tips to follow:
Write down your story. It becomes very difficult to remember details after the fact. In order to preserve every detail, write down your story. Include what you were doing before the accident, any details you remember about the environment, and what happened during and after the accident. Some things to include are:
- The weather
- Time of day
- Who and what was on the road?
- What landmarks were around you?
- What direction were you going?
- Were there any witnesses?
- Was anything said by the other party that would indicate their state of mind or what they were doing?
These little details may be important without you even realizing it. By documenting everything, we can decide what will be helpful in building your case.
File a police report. If you didn't file a report at the scene, you can still contact the local department and file a paper report. Having it on file may be helpful at a later date and provides an opportunity to preserve your version of the story.
See a doctor. It is important to document your injuries. As an auto accident attorney, we can recommend doctors that specifically deal with injury cases. It is important to see someone that understands how injuries manifest both immediately after an accident and long-term. For example, many people have limited pain immediately after an accident but can hardly move a few days later after the shock has worn away. Seeing a doctor is important for your case and also for your health, so make sure that you see a specialist.
File a case with your insurance company. Let them know that you were in an accident so that they can create a claim number. This is the number you will provide to the doctor so that you don't have to pay for things out of pocket. Once you hire an attorney, we can deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
As an auto accident attorney, we can make the process go smoothly by helping you locate a good doctor and working with the insurance company. Our job is to take off the pressure so that you can focus on getting well. During this time, we will also work on getting you the compensation you deserve as a result of the accident.