Hundreds of traffic wrecks happen every day on the highways and roads in your state. The most difficult part in the investigation process is to determine who is the victim and who is to blame for the accident. Quite often the individuals involved lie about the road situation in order to avoid potential criminal or financial consequences. Even if you are not at fault for the accident, be prepared that the other party may lie about the circumstances under which the crash occurred. This is why you will need an auto accident attorney to investigate the case and legally defend your rights and interests. If you have no reputable name in mind or you have never dealt with personal injury cases before call our office for a free consultation. We will be happy to assist you and explain what your chances for a settlement are.
Steps you need to follow.
There are a few steps, however, that you need to follow immediately after the auto accident occurs to make sure that the investigation will run smoothly from that point on:
You need to make a detailed documentation of the accident – collect evidence for the case, ask some witnesses to make a statement to the police and get their numbers if further assistance is needed, take some pictures with your phone or camera and exchange auto insurance and driver’s license details with the other party involved.
Detail your side of the story by filing a police report right away if you are not severely injured and immediately taken to the emergency room. This report will be vital for your insurance company and the calculation of your compensation.
Call your insurance company immediately after you finish with step two. They do not want to give away money and will do anything possible to defend the position that you are the victim of the auto accident using all the facts that you have collected at the spot of the crash.
If your insurance company couldn’t prove that you are not the guilty party in the auto wreck case they should take your claim to mediation. If even that mediation does not get you to the desired positive outcome of the case you may want to hire a reputable car accident attorney to escalate the claim and taking it to arbitration. This is exactly where we can help you. Our firm has been handling car accident claims for decades and we have a great track record for large settlements.
If you are involved in a minor auto accident where no one is injured, the police officer to appear at the scene will be the one responsible for the preparation of the auto accident report, meaning that he will be the one to talk to all involved parties and witnesses and investigate whose fault the accident was, no matter if it was a car crash, motorcycle accident or a delivery truck wreck. The local authorities will then make the final decisions and file the complete accident report. Of course, the insurance companies involved will then obtain all the information they need to estimate the compensation for the parties involved from that report.
If you or someone in your family has been involved in an accident, call our office today for a free consultation.