When you are hurt in a car accident, there are a lot of things that run through your mind, but most people aren't focused on suing the other driver or their own insurance company. Unfortunately, because of the way the world works, most people find that they are given far less of a settlement than they deserve, especially if the accident wasn't their fault. I wanted to create a blog all about choosing a better accident and personal injury attorney, so that you can prevent longterm financial ramifications from your accident. I know that a lot of these tips helped me along my journey.
In a perfect world, after a car accident occurs that was not your fault, you would file a claim against the insurance company, get the money you deserve for your injuries, and go on about your life. However, auto accidents and the injuries sustained are rarely covered so easily. A lot of the claims do end up in court because the injured party has had to file a personal injury claim to get what they deserve for the damages.
Unfortunately, there are some circumstances that can make it hard for you to prove your side of events so the judge knows you were not at fault during a personal injury claim associated with a car accident. Here's a look at some of those circumstances and what you can do to help.
You have no police report of the accident.
If there is not an official report about the accident, the judge will basically be looking at a two-sided argument with no reliable report of what actually happened. For example, the other driver may claim you were at fault when you know you were not. In situations where there is no police report or official documentation of the accident, your personal injury law attorney will work with you to find as much extra evidence as possible. They may even call in experts on auto accidents to help prove you were not at fault.
You have no pictures of the accident scene after the accident occurred.
One of the first things you should do if you are able after a car accident is to take a few pictures with your phone. These images help prove fault because a lot can be assumed by the positioning of the vehicles, tire marks, etc. If you did not do this, try to get other visual proof from the scene. For example, you may be able to get surveillance footage from a nearby business.
You did not get medical treatment after the accident.
Waiting a long time after the accident to seek medical treatment is a huge mistake. Even if you don't feel you need treatment, it is best to go to a local emergency room and get checked out. Lacking medical evidence dating back to the day of the accident can leave the judge questioning if the injuries you sustained were actually caused by the accident itself. If you did not seek treatment, make sure you get as much supporting medical evidence from doctors as you can. It is best if you can find a doctor who will give their statement on your behalf and explain that your injuries were likely caused by the accident.Share