If you’ve been in a serious crash and you’re thinking about calling an attorney, you should come prepared. Most car accident attorneys are looking for three things from the crash that will help them determine the facts of the case and pursue the compensation you’re entitled to. Here’s what you need before calling your attorney.
Evidence From the Crash
Immediately after the crash, try to gather as much information as you can. Take pictures of all four sides of both vehicles and a wider shot showing where the crash occurred. Likewise, make sure you exchange information with the other driver and verify it by texting or calling them at the scene.
If nearby pedestrians or other drivers stopped to help, ask if they’d be willing to provide a statement to police and if you can have their email address so your attorney can contact them in the future. Witness statements can be invaluable in determining fault as each person sees the crash from a different angle.
A Police Report
You should always try to get a police officer at the scene of a crash. A police report is often your best evidence for verifying where a crash occurred and who was involved. While a police report can’t determine fault, it may include crucial evidence and witness statements that will help establish the facts.
If the police are unable to come to the scene of the crash, you should still pursue a report either online or by going to your nearest police station.
Depending on your injuries, you should either go directly to the doctor’s office or the hospital from the scene of the crash. The sooner a doctor examines you, the better your chances of identifying latent injuries and establishing a treatment plan before you experience worsening symptoms or other complications.
Additionally, getting a medical report on the day of the accident demonstrates that your injuries were the direct result of the crash. With a medical report in hand, it’s difficult for the insurance companies to argue about the cause and severity of your injuries.
If you or someone you love suffered severe injuries in a car crash, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced Riverdale car accident attorney from Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker to evaluate your case, please don’t hesitate to send us an email or call (470) 450-1164.