Auto accidents occur every day and often leave physical and financial issues in their wake. Thankfully, in cases where another party is responsible for the accident, it may be possible to seek restitution.
For parties to receive the full amount of compensation possible, they must present strong cases. A few crucial elements help create such strong auto claims.
Parties should seek medical attention directly after an accident. Whether they go by ambulance or visit an urgent care facility that day, it is important to seek medical attention and keep a copy of all medical records. For follow-up appointments, attending and keeping records of the visits is ideal. These visits help create a paper trail, which is one of the easiest ways to substantiate damage claims. Parties should also collect the accident report as soon as possible and keep copies of all submitted paperwork.
If anyone witnessed the accident, claimants should collect statements as soon as possible after the accident. If it is not feasible to initially note the statement in writing, collecting witness contact information and following up as soon as possible is key.
While some people carry accident kits in their trunk containing a disposable camera, pictures from a cell phone are just as admissible in court. Taking pictures at the scene of the accident, ideally before authorities move anything, can be essential evidence. In some cases, it may be possible to collect video evidence. These additional forms of evidence can be quite helpful in supporting an accident claim. Not only can it help substantiate the claim, but it can also aid in disproving claims of fault that the accused party may try to assert.
Whether alone or together, these various elements can aid in creating a strong auto claim. It may also be beneficial to become familiar with local personal injury laws.