The question of what to do after an auto accident is something that troubles many. Attorney Mike Welker is a senior partners at Gallian Welker & Beckstrom, a law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, and St. George, Utah and he provides a “cheat sheet” of what needs to be done.
No one wants to get in a car accident, in fact we do everything in our power to avoid them, to keep ourselves and our family safe. Regrettably despite our best intentions, and usually due to someone elses mistake, we find ourselves sitting behind the wheel of a car that’s been in an accident.
Hopefully you and your passengers were able to escape serious injury and will be able to move on with your lives quickly, but what if you can’t? What if the injuries are severe? And what if the mistake made has consequences for you that won’t end in just a few days?
These are questions we deal with everyday, questions that at times keep us up at night.
With this in mind here’s a cheat sheet on what kind of evidence is needed in cases like these.
Car accidents are serious cases since they can cause physical injuries, damage to properties, and even cost lives; plus the fact that you and whoever was with you at that particular time could be traumatized from the experience.
After experiencing a car accident because of the negligence of another person, and with the serious physical injuries you have incurred, you would probably want to file for an auto accident claim.
But before you do that, you need to collect important evidence to prove that the accident has been caused by the negligence of another person and that because of that negligence, you have incurred serious physical injuries.
This step is one of the most important to be sure that you win the case and receive your rightful compensation. In gathering information to support your claim, you can use a free auto accident application.
The following are the steps you should do when gathering information or evidence to support your claim.
Record the accident. This is to narrate how the accident happened as per your understanding.
Include the time, the place, the injuries you suffered, the damage to your vehicle, the damage to the other vehicle and more if there is any. This is done to document what you think happened a little before, during and after the accident. As time goes on, you might forget the details of this accident so it is best that you document every detail of the accident.
You might not be able to remember everything about the accident after some time so you need to put everything in writing.
Take pictures of the accident, of the damage to your car, of the damage to the other person’s car, of yourself demonstrating the extent of your injury; that is, if you are still capable of moving.
Otherwise, request someone to take the pictures for you. This is very important for the processing of your claims. Once pictures are printed and posted, add some notes under each picture. This would help in proving the negligence of the other party and how much injuries and damages were inflicted by such negligence.
Have a daily account of the physical effects on you of the accident.
There are cases wherein you cannot express effectively the effects of such accident, so you need to take into account all other conditions you are suffering after the accident.
There may be other ways to document your accident, your injuries caused by that accident and how you feel each day that passed after the accident. Accounting these instances will help you establish the degree of consequences of your car accident and this shall be helpful in recovering your claims.
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