5 Things To Present to Your Lawyer After an Accident
April 12, 2023
After being in an accident, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do next. Knowing the right steps can help you protect your rights and recover damages. Here are five important things you should present to your lawyer after an accident to ensure the best possible outcome.
1. Evidence From the Accident Scene
At the crash scene, get the other driver’s name, phone number, license plate number, license number, and insurance information. Along with this information, write down everything else about the accident, such as the date, time, and location, as well as the weather, traffic, injuries, and damage to property.
Take pictures of the accident, including the car damage, the road, the weather, and where each car is. Photographs can help people understand what happened and show how bad the damage was. If you have a dash cam, save its recording of the crash. Dash cam footage is often the best way to prove what happened and who was at fault.
Write down what the other person says and get the name and tag number of any police officers who are there. Lastly, get statements from witnesses to find out more information and other evidence that may be found.
2. Medical Expenses
Documentation and medical records about your injuries and all of your medical costs will help ensure you get full compensation for all of your medical costs.
Medical records and bills are proof of all medical treatments, such as trips to the hospital, ambulance services, physical and occupational therapist visits, lab and radiology tests, and any medical equipment or medicine that may have been needed.
In the medical records, you can also find a list of all the doctors who treated you and what they said about your condition. Such evidence will ensure that you will receive coverage for all treatment costs.
3. Police Reports
Police reports have important information about what happened that can help with a claim. Police records describe the accident scene in the immediate aftermath, which can help determine who was at fault. A police record can also include statements from drivers, passengers, witnesses, and the officer who came to the scene.
The officer may also say what they think about whether or not any traffic rules were broken and who was at fault. This information is very important for giving a fair and correct account of what happened in the accident.
The police report will also include an accident report number. You can use this number to ask for a copy of the report. The report is important because insurance companies, judges, and juries respect the training and experience of law enforcement officers and may rule in your favor based on the officer’s findings alone.
4. Insurance Policy
After a car accident, you must show your insurance policy papers and proof that you paid all the required premiums. Your lawyer might need a copy of your insurance contract to determine what kind of insurance recovery you can get. Also, if you have other types of insurance, like health or life insurance, you should also show proof of those plans.
5. Damages Report
Damages can include vehicle damage, lost income, and missed opportunities. Vehicle damage reports accurately estimate how much it will cost to fix the damage caused by the accident. In the same way, lost income reports show how much money was lost because of missed work or missed chances because of the accident.
By giving the insurance company these reports, you can help make sure you get a fair settlement offer. The records give a lot of information about how bad the damage was and how much money was lost because of the accident. This information can help the insurance company decide how much to offer in the deal smartly. It also gives the claimant something to go on when deciding whether or not the deal is fair.
Contact us at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C., if you need help with car accident claims in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.