A car accident that results in a significant injury can leave the victim in a haze. They might not know what to do, or even who to call. If you’ve been in this position, you know just how hard it can be to keep a clear head. But that’s exactly what will be needed if you’re going to have the best possible chance to get the money you deserve for the other driver’s negligence.
The attorneys with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh are experts in representing people hurt in automobile wrecks. Our team has delivered results time and time again on behalf of our clients, and you can rest assured we’ll do everything possible to do the same for you.
Solid evidence will be the foundation of any successful personal injury case stemming from a car accident. These are just a few of the pieces of that evidence that will be critically important.
Photos and Videos
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Sure, that saying is a cliché, but it’s also true. That’s the way it has always been, and that’s the way it will always be. Photos and videos paint a clear picture of the aftermath of a car wreck, and can oftentimes reveal clues as to why the wreck took place. If, for example, there are fresh skid marks, that’s a clear sign that the at-fault driver was speeding, and tried to slam on their brakes in order to avoid the accident.
Again, it can be incredibly difficult for an injury victim to have the presence of mind to take pictures and videos using their phone. But if you can do so, it could be a powerful piece of evidence that strengthens your case. Take as many photos/videos as you can – take special care to get pictures of the damage to the different vehicles, as well as damage to signs and guardrails.
There is also a pretty good chance that a nearby security camera captured footage of the accident. Your attorney can request that footage, making your case even stronger.
The police report could prove to be just as powerful. Officers will typically be dispatched to a major accident, especially one that causes injuries, to seal off the area so that no other motorists are involved. They will also conduct an investigation to determine, to the best of their ability, how it happened. Once the investigation is complete, they’ll file a police report.
There’s a very good chance this investigation will show why the accident occurred. The officer may, for example, see signs that the at-fault driver was distracted, or was speeding. They might even see signs that the driver was impaired.
Whatever the reason the collision occurred, the police report could be the solid proof needed to help ensure you obtain maximum compensation for your injury.
Unless you were on an extremely secluded stretch of highway, more than likely someone saw the accident. It could have been a nearby motorist, or it could have been someone in a parking lot. If you know there are eyewitnesses, try to get their names and phone numbers – and email addresses if possible. You don’t need to interview them, but if you can, ask if they would be able to share what they saw. Your attorney can take care of the interviews.
If you’ve been seriously hurt, the unfortunate fact is that you’ll probably not be able to work – possibly for quite a while. The good news, however, is that you may be able to recover any lost wages you incur. This not only includes your current wages, but any money you may miss out on in the future.
In order to get that compensation, however, you’re going to need to prove how much you make. This not only includes your regular salary, but any bonuses you may have earned, as well as other benefits. This should be really easy to provide. Just gather as many recent pay stubs as you can, as well as any other paperwork that reflects your salary, bonus compensation, and anything else that shows how much you make.
In addition to your present and future lost wages, your attorney is also going to demand that the at-fault driver’s insurance company cover all of your medical bills. That not only goes for the treatment you’re receiving at this time, but also further treatment you might need at a later date.
Keep every piece of paper that has anything even remotely to do with your medical care. This means not only hospital and doctor’s bills, but medications, bills from physical therapy, and everything else.
You want to ensure your case is as strong as it can possibly be. There are obviously many reasons you should get legal help as quickly as you can. One of the biggest is that an attorney can call in expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. An expert could make a huge difference in helping you win.
Medical experts, for instance, can testify regarding the severity of your injury, and how much it will cost to treat it. A financial expert can provide proof of the wages you may lose in the future. Accident reconstruction experts can take the facts they have and provide a clear picture of who was to blame.
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There are a lot of considerations you’ll need to keep in mind when looking for a personal injury attorney. You want someone who has a long track record of success, has the skill and experience it takes to help you win, and has a network of expert witnesses they can call upon at any time.