If you’ve been the victim of an accident, what you do immediately after is both time-sensitive and delicate, but ultimately it can protect your rights as well as the successful outcome of your compensation claim. Many accidents put victims in situations where it is extremely holding the responsible party accountable. The following is a handy guideline you can use to protect your rights as a victim, and help to keep people from preventing you from seeking the compensation you deserve.
The first step following any accident is to get pertinent information. License plate numbers, driver’s information, contact information, and insurance policies can set things in motion. This information will help your lawyer and your insurance company start an investigation into liability and compensation claims. If possible, get names and contact information from any witnesses to the accident, as that will help to corroborate the sequence of events that led to your injury.
If possible, take pictures and video of the scene of the accident. Images and videos can help to determine if there was any negligence and can greatly help to support your claim. Try to take images of your vehicle, the other vehicle (or vehicles), any tire marks on the road, damage to vehicles and the surrounding area, and any visible injuries you might have sustained. We live in a world where claims go beyond words, and visual proof is easily acquired. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself by taking as many pictures as possible.
After an accident, your body experiences an adrenaline rush that may make you “feel” fine, only to have reality set in the following day. It is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately after an accident so that a medical professional can make a full assessment of your injuries and any long-term repercussions. This will help your attorney build a case for the right compensation. You may even have to get a psychological assessment to report any emotional trauma that might be ongoing well after the accident.
At Goodwyn Law Firm, LLC we understand accidents and accident injuries. We’ve handled accident cases of all types, and are fully versed in insurance law. Most importantly, we get results. We will help you make sure you get the medical treatment and compensation for your accident, so you don’t have to worry about navigating the system alone. Contact Goodwyn Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation about your accident claim.