Navigating an Auto Accident and Personal Injury Claim What to do and when to do it
Being involved in an Auto Accident can be a very traumatic experience. Even the most minor fender bender can sometimes become incredibly stressful and overwhelming. The insurance company’s goal is to compensate you as little as possible for your loss and/or injury. Below are some helpful tips to remember for anyone involved in an auto accident. The goal is to put you and your legal team in the best position possible for a more favorable outcome.
- Always call the police after an accident. Always. A police report will serve as a formal record of the auto accident and can swing a case in your favor, particularly if the other driver was cited for his or her role in the auto accident. A police report also goes a long way toward avoiding “he said/she said” situations should your legal case go to court.
- Obtain the other driver’s name, address, phone number, email address and insurance information. Try to obtain their license plate number as well.
- Photograph any damage to your vehicle, the vehicle of the other driver, and any personal injuries you may have suffered during the auto accident. Make sure to give all this information and documentation to your lawyers.
- Obtain the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of any witnesses to the auto accident. As stated above, make sure to give all this information and documentation to your legal team.
- Always get medical attention right after a car accident. A medical record contemporaneous with the auto accident is important to show your condition at the time the auto accident occurred. Keep detailed records of any and all medical treatment you receive as a result of the accident. This includes any and all types of medical treatment, so physical therapy, mental health appointments and dentist appointments should be documented as well. Keep receipts for all expenditures, including co-pays on office visits, so your legal team may include these damages when making a demand to the insurance company.
- Do not agree to provide any statements—written or oral—to the other driver’s insurance company or attorney without first seeking legal counsel. Do not sign any forms without consulting an attorney.
- Even if you start to feel better, continue with your recommended course of medical treatment. Always follow the direction of your medical providers!
At Eason Law, we have helped many people navigate auto accidents and personal injury claims. We know and understand the difficulty of navigating the legal process and negotiating with the overbearing insurance companies and have helped numerous clients receive favorable compensation for their injuries. If you need an experienced legal team to help you navigate your personal injury or auto accident matters, call Eason Law today and let us help you through the process.
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