Getting involved in an auto accident is probably one of our worst nightmares. One thing about getting involved in an accident is that they are usually more complications than what the eye can see at first! Those hidden complexities, along with the actions of others involved (and the headache of dealing with insurance companies) can begin to turn sour and complicated. Usually, an auto accident lawyer is needed in order to mediate the situation and help guide you in the right direction.
Before you seek the help of an auto accident lawyer, there are some immediate steps to take right after the accident that will help in the long run. Allow this information to give you some helpful tips that should put you in a better position when it’s time to file a claim.
Document the Facts
Once everyone is moved to a position where they are safe, immediately document exactly what happened before and during the accident, and who was involved, and what their roles were. You might have to multitask a little bit, because of who is with you (and who you might have to communicate with). Even still if you have someone with you, you can have them help you document what happened.
Also, include names, addresses, and contact information for each person involved including eyewitnesses. If the location of the accident is accessible for documenting, then put the address down as well.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Having a doctor walk you through the process of any physical issue is very important. They are able to produce the medical reports you will need, to bring into a case with your insurance company. Not only that, sometimes injuries and other issues surface within hours or days of the accident. So if you have a doctor that you’re seeing for a duration of time, that is helpful for any new issues documented in your medical report.
Be Clear on the Value of Your Claim
What is the value of the damage done to your vehicle? What are your medical bills looking like? How much work have you had to miss? Is there a future cost of damage because of the accident? All of these things are very important to note on your own, for when you deal with the insurance company. They will always try to give the bare minimum. However, when you know what your accident is worth you don’t have to take what is being offered to you.
Don’t Let Doctors Know About Your Legal Action
As best you can, remember to keep your legal action out of the earshot of the doctor. Sometimes doctors can make notes of your supposed legal actions within your medical records. If your insurance company happens to see your medical records and read those notes that could put a damper on the results you’re looking for.
Dealing with an auto accident is a very involved process. To be honest, a very tiring process. An auto accident attorney might be exactly what you need, to take the weight off the process. Let us do the dirty work of negotiating with the insurance company and other parties involved.