In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, the last think anyone is likely thinking about is the strength of the legal case for an insurance claim that will need to be made in order to pay for medical bills and car repairs. That is okay. The first thing to do immediately after a collision is to assess the situation and ensure your safety. If possible, remove your vehicle from traffic and contact emergency authorities if necessary. Once your safety is secured, take a deep breath and consider the actions that now must be taken. To best help yourself in any potential insurance claim, you will want to collect as much information and evidence as possible.
Every car accident is unique, but the more supporting evidence you have about the accident the harder it will be for insurance companies to deny your claim. Exchange contact information and insurance information with every involved driver, but do so without apologizing or discussing the details of the incident. If possible, collect contact information from any eyewitnesses to the crash. Eyewitness testimony that supports your recollection of events will be extremely important if the at-fault driver attempts to blame someone else for the collision.
Be sure to document everything you can. Take pictures of everything: vehicle damage, road conditions, any visible injuries, any other damaged property, anything else you think might be relevant. Write down or make a digital note of any information you think may be important: license plates, the location of the crash, and descriptions of non-visible injuries, like whiplash or back pain. Protect any physical evidence related to the crash: broken glasses, damaged child safety seats, and ruined clothing are examples of evidence that could attest to the severity of the crash. If you happen to have a dash cam, be sure to extract the video leading up to the crash.
The most important way to help your legal case after a car accident is by contacting an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible. Among other immediate benefits, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers guidance on the best course of action our clients can take to pursue an insurance claim after a crash. We will take all of the information you gathered after the collision to craft your legal case and ensure fair compensation from the insurance companies. We offer free consultations and have a no recovery no fee policy. If we are unable to secure you a settlement or judgment, you will not owe us any attorney’s fees. Call us at 888-517-9888 and speak with a car accident expert today!