Nobody ever plans on being involved in a car accident and thus having to work with a car accident lawyer, but it's always wise to be prepared for such a situation. Read on to explore a few helpful dos and don'ts to keep in mind in the event that you're ever involved in an accident.
Do Get an Official Report
Your first priority after an accident (aside from making sure everybody is okay) is obtaining a police report. This will help ensure that the details of your accident are well documented; you should also provide a copy of this report to your auto insurance company, as this will help your case should it go to court.
DO Keep Documentation
If you plan on taking your car accident claim to court, then there's a good chance you could be entitled to compensation for "pain and suffering." This is where keeping detailed documentation of your suffering can help your case. In addition to keeping copies of your medical paperwork, you may also want to start a diary where you can document the ways in which your accident has made your day-to-day life difficult.
DON'T Overlook Medical Appointments
Last but not least, take your doctor's appointments and medical checkups seriously. If you have a history of frequently missing your appointments after the accident or even showing up late, this can be used against you in your case, as the defense may try to claim that you must not be suffering as much as you claim to be if you're not taking your appointments seriously.
There's a lot to keep in mind when it comes to handling the legal aftermath of a car accident. Looking for legal guidance or representation for your case? Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation.