Gather Crucial Information
If possible, gather as much information as you can while at the accident scene. If you are unable to do so because of injury, have a friend or other person do so if possible. This usually involves a variety of names and contact information for numerous people, such as:--Driver of other vehicle
--Witnesses to the accident
--Police officers at the scene
--Other driver's insurance company
While this process may take some time, it's necessary for your claim, since it will be needed by insurance companies and your attorney.
Always Take Photographs
Along with contact information, always try to take photos or videos of the accident scene itself. If you can, pull out your smartphone and focus on the following:--Damage to each vehicle
--Location of each vehicle
--Skid marks or other property damage
--Snow, ice, or other factors that could have played a role in the accident
By having pictures or videos, it will be very difficult for the other driver or their insurance company to dispute the facts of what happened.
Don't Believe the Insurance Company
When you are contacted by the other driver's insurance company, don't believe they are on your side. While it may appear as if they are, the fact is they are simply trying to get you to agree to a quick settlement for far less than you will need and deserve. For example, while you will probably need money to currently cover medical bills and lost wages, you will also need money to cover future medical treatment, additional lost wages, and pain and suffering from the accident. Therefore, when contacted by an insurance company, never agree to anything, and instead refer all communication to your attorney.Consult an Attorney
When it's time to settle your car accident injury claim, always utilize the services of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney with a track record of winning these cases. By doing so, you will immediately gain peace of mind, and have legal representation that will ensure your rights are protected. Rather than settle your car accident injury claim on your own and lose money, let a skilled attorney help you gain the full and fair compensation you deserve.
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