After being injured in an accident, there are many concerns and questions that an injured party may have. Whether a car accident, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, slip and fall, or some other type of accident, there are some basic things you can do to help set up your case to obtain compensation for your damages from the at-fault party. It is always advisable to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney regarding the facts of your case in order to get an understanding of your options, but even before you call an attorney, you may want to consider the following tips.
First, write down some notes on what happened. People tend to forget things over time and certain details about your accident may not be easy to recall in the future. It is sometimes those details that an insurance company may try to construe against you later on when you file a claim or lawsuit for your damages. This is why it is important to write down what happened. Consider writing down what you were doing before the accident happened, how the accident happened, what you observed before, during, and after the accident, whether you could or couldn’t do anything to prevent the accident, how your injuries feel, and what you discussed with any one at the scene of the accident. Try to be as detailed as possible with your notes.
Along those lines, it can also be helpful to take pictures and keep any evidence that you can secure. Taking pictures of the scene and your injuries can help document the extent of the accident and help others see how the accident may have happened. If the police are involved, you will also want to ask how you can get a copy of the police report and take note of which department was on the scene. If the accident happened in a store, try to make sure they complete an incident report and give you a copy.
Finally, it is important to seek medical attention quickly. As time passes, it sometimes gets harder to link your injuries to the accident. You will want to document your injuries as soon as possible after an accident. We invite you to call Givens Givens Sparks for a free consultation regarding your injuries and what steps are involved in recovering for your damages and injuries.