An automobile accident can be a life-changing event that leaves people seriously injured. Some accidents are straightforward, whereas others are more complex and require legal action. Whether you have a minor fender bender or a collision that leaves your car totaled, there are certain steps that you need to take at the scene to protect yourself and your rights.
The moments after an automobile accident can be overwhelming and confusing. However, the first and foremost action that needs to be taken is to check for bodily injuries of the passengers. Whether there are minor or major injuries, the wellbeing of your passengers is important. Even if it appears that no injury occurred at the scene, you should seek prompt medical attention.
Even if it seems like a minor accident, an officer needs to file an accident report. A police report can be essential in your case to make sure the facts, injuries and damages of the accident are documented. Do not leave the scene of the accident.
Be sure to gather insurance, identification, contact, and automobile information of the parties involved. You will also need to get the names and contact information of nearby witnesses. Passengers do not count as witnesses.
You will need to take pictures of all damages to both vehicles. Also, be sure to note road conditions, weather conditions, and locations of traffic lights. Take note of additional details, such as the time and day of the accident and any physical evidence or debris. You should also take photos of any injuries, bruises, etc. that are a result of the accident.
Insurance companies hire lawyers to help protect their interests. You will need to hire a competent, qualified attorney to help protect yours. When filing a personal injury claim, you do not want to wait to get legal advice. Remember, everything you say can and may be used against you. Therefore, you do not want to discuss the accident with anyone, take the blame, speak with the insurance companies of other involved, or sign any papers before speaking with a lawyer.
By hiring a lawyer, you can ensure that you have someone who knows the law fighting in your corner. In a civil lawsuit for personal injury, an attorney can help protect you and collect compensation if it is due. Generally, compensation or “damages” include:
Whatever the claim may be, you can be sure that our personal injury attorneys here at Ball Eggleston are experienced in trying automobile accident cases and are committed to protecting you and helping you recover any compensation that is due.
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