When a person is involved in a car accident and seeks damages from the at-fault party, one of the deciding factors in whether they receive what they are owed or not will be whether or not their case is properly documented. When you work with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we can help document your case. You can also read on to discover some of the most important aspects of documenting your accident case.
Call the Police and Ensure a Police Report is Filed
If there are any injuries and / or any damage of at least $950 then the police should be called. Depending on where you are, how serious the accident is, and other factors, the police may or may not come to the scene. If they do, they should collect statements from those involved as well as witnesses, they should collect physical evidence, and they should prepare a formal police report. If the police do show up and seem hesitant to complete and file their report, you have the right to insist that they do.
Take Notes at the Scene
It is common to feel confused after an accident. It is equally common to feel confident that you will remember every detail of the case. Whichever extreme you fall into – or if you are somewhere in between – you should write down everything you can at the scene. Do not assume that someone else will gather information. Do not assume that you will remember everything that happened.
Write down what happened, what caused the accident, the names and contact information of all involved parties (including witnesses), how fast you were driving at the time of the accident, any distractions, weather conditions, road conditions, the date, and the time. The more you can write down, the better your case is likely to be.
Take Photos at the Scene
If you are like the majority of people then you will have access to your cell phone at the scene, and you will be able to take pictures. Get photos of the vehicles and any damage to them. Take photos of injuries. Take photos of any relevant conditions. You can even take video. Once again, the more photos you can take, the more evidence you will have and the stronger your case is likely to be.
Get Medical Care
A person who has suffered a serious injury likely does not need to be told to get medical care, but those who have suffered seemingly minor injuries should also seek medical care. Not only will this help ensure that you heal as quickly and as well as possible, but it will create documentation and evidence of your injuries.
Whether you have done all of the above or you have not yet documented your injuries, if you have been involved in an accident then we highly recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.