Steps to Win Your Car Accident Case
If a car wreck has caused you serious injuries and significant damages, successfully pursuing a personal injury claim can be crucial to making you whole again. It is important to take the right steps along the way to ensure you can win your case. Be sure to obtain professional legal advice and follow all legal procedures carefully to build your best case possible.
Here are some of the steps you can take to help your auto accident case and increase the odds of obtaining the financial recovery you deserve.
1. Collect All the Evidence You Can
In the legal world, it's not what you know, it's what you can prove. In personal injury cases, you have to prove the other driver was negligent, that such negligence caused your injuries, and the extent of your damages. You prove these things through evidence, which is why it is important to start collecting evidence early on and throughout the case. Some examples of the types of evidence you should collect include:
- Police report
- Photos of the accident scene, vehicles, and injuries
- Vehicle repair estimates
- Witness statements and contact info
- Medical records and notes
- Medical and prescription bills
- Pay stubs and other evidence of lost wages and benefits
- Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses
2. Follow Doctor’s Orders
Serious injuries can happen even in the smallest of collisions, and sometimes injuries are not apparent until hours or days after the accident. However, it is important to obtain medical treatment as soon as you need it and to obey your doctor's orders, prescriptions, and referrals. Otherwise, the insurance company or defense lawyer will try to prove that your injuries are not real or are not as serious as you claim. Most importantly, following treatment plans will hopefully lead you to a full recovery.
3. Document Your Damages and Losses
Insurance companies are sticklers about documentation, so you need to be as detailed as possible about your injuries and damages. An attorney can assist you in creating a detailed report of the ways in which your life has been negatively impacted by an auto or truck accident, including not only things like lost wages and benefits, but also emotional distress and pain and suffering you experienced on a day-to-day basis.
4. Don’t Let the Insurance Company Force You into a Settlement
Being seriously injured in a car wreck can lead to expensive medical bills and no income. It is best to not panic about these issues, but that is against human nature. Insurance adjusters know this, and they would love nothing more than to squeeze you into a small settlement out of desperation. It is usually not your best option to accept the first settlement offer or to negotiate without a lawyer. A lawyer can talk to you about negotiating a fair and favorable settlement offer.
5. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
In any motor vehicle accident, you should consult legal counsel as soon as possible to consider your personal injury case. An experienced injury lawyer can help you navigate the insurance process, negotiate with the insurance company, and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your personal injury claim.
If you have been injured in a Montana car accident, please feel free to call Holm Law Firm at (406) 252-2900 for a free consultation.