If you have been in a car accident, so many questions come to mind. How did it happen? Who was really responsible? Can you get compensation? If you have suffered injury and damages while on the road, as a result of another motorist’s negligence, you have every right to seek the maximum compensation possible. Going through the insurance claim process alone is seldom the best way to get what you deserve. Insurance companies will always try to pay as little as they possibly can. It is often better to pursue a personal injury case against the at-fault motorist. The question is: what is the best way to pursue such a lawsuit and ensure that you can win it and get the maximum possible amount in damages? Here are some key points to keep in mind.
Get Enough Evidence for Your Personal Injury Case
After the shock of an accident, you may not always have the presence of mind to document everything and collect evidence, but it is really the most important thing you can do to ensure success in your lawsuit. If you can, photograph everything on the scene: the damages, the surrounding areas, your injuries, all the vehicles involved, skid marks on the road, etc. Get out your cell phone and take as many pictures as you can. Your lawyer can decide later which photos are relevant; for now, just document everything. Get the names and phone numbers of other involved parties and eyewitnesses and, of course, get all the insurance details of the other drivers.
Get Medical Treatment for Car Accident Injuries
Your very next step will be to seek medical treatment. If your injuries don’t appear serious at first, you may be tempted to leave this step out. Don’t make this mistake. You may have internal injuries, or you may only start to experience pain once the shock has worn off. Go to a medical practitioner immediately and ensure that all the doctor’s findings are recorded – be sure to get copies of all medical records relating to the accident.
Don’t Forget About Witnesses
As we’ve already said, when still on the scene, speak to any eyewitnesses and get their names and contact details. Witnesses are crucial to your case. If the at-fault driver does not want to take the blame for the accident, an independent witness, who can present testimony that supports your claim, can mean the difference between winning the case or losing it.
Hire the Best Car Accident Attorney
It is usually best to avoid talking to insurance adjusters. Their primary goal is not to ensure that you get a fair payout. On the contrary, they want to make sure that their employer pays as little as possible when having to honor a claim. If you think you have a case, consult a personal injury lawyer and let them deal with the insurance companies.
How We Can Help
Personal injury lawyers are the best allies to have when it comes to taking legal action in relation to auto accident injuries. They will help you gather and assess your evidence, build your case, and even negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. If the case should go to court, your personal injury lawyer will represent your interests, argue your case, and fight for your rights.
If you have experienced a car accident in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, or North Carolina, speak to a personal injury attorney at Goss & Fentress. Bring us the documentation you have managed to gather, tell us your story, and let us fight to get you the compensation you deserve.