In the United States, there are about 6 million car accidents every year, injuring up to 3 million people. Over 36,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2019 alone. Those who are injured often face high medical bills for tests, medication, surgeries, and care. They may be out of work for some time. However, compensation for a personal injury following a vehicle crash can cover these and other expenses, but getting the most money for your claim can be tough. Here is how you can do so.
Record and Gather Evidence at the Scene of the Accident
Collect as much information as you can, including the other driver’s contact information, insurance, and vehicle details. Take down information on any occupants as well. Photograph the damage and crash scene from as many angles as you can. Each photo or video from your cellphone can be valuable evidence. If any witnesses are present, get information from them, and check for nearby security cameras in case they captured footage of the accident.
Remain at the Scene
Being classified as a “hit-and-run” driver can leave you with serious criminal penalties. If significant injuries or property damage have occurred, call 911 right away. The police should be notified so they can document the scene. Also, be careful of what you say to anyone; do not admit fault or say anything that could be interpreted as doing so. Report the accident to your auto insurance company and stick to the facts. If you feel more comfortable doing so, speak with your attorney first.
Seek Medical Treatment and Care
Immediate medical care is essential. You may not be aware of your injuries initially (head trauma and internal bleeding can lead to serious problems without urgent medical treatment); plus, your medical records are proof of injuries caused by the car accident. Follow your doctor’s orders, go to all your appointments, and don’t return to work without medical clearance. Otherwise, the insurance company may try to downplay your injuries. Your ultimate settlement may be impacted by how closely you follow medical treatment and the length of time you are out of work. The proper care can also reduce recovery time.
Keep All of Your Bills
Medical bills provide documentation of the costs of your accident. In addition to proof of medical care, keep all payroll information, which can show how your ability to work was affected. Retain all repair bills and proof of costs for hiring someone to help you or making modifications to your home. These also help back your legal claim and can possibly maximize your payment.
Work with an Experienced Attorney
If you’re the victim of a car accident, hire a lawyer right away. An insurance company typically wants immediate answers and aims to pay as little as possible regardless of fault or liability. Any words can be used against you. However, an attorney is on your side and can pressure your insurer to pay. They can also more effectively prove your case in a timely manner. Legal representation helps protect your rights, so don’t accept a settlement unless you have consulted an attorney.
Contact The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani
Our Los Angeles personal injury law firm is experienced in taking on the insurance companies and has recovered millions of dollars in damages on clients’ behalf. We are ready to prove your case and are open during the coronavirus pandemic. Car accident claims can often be settled out of court while we provide the representation you need to get the compensation you deserve. For legal representation, consultation services, and a free case review, contact us at 888-952-2952 today.