No one is ever really prepared for automobile and motorcycle accidents, which can happen anywhere, at any time. Unfortunately, your actions immediately following one of these overwhelming, disorienting experiences can have a significant impact on your ability to collect compensation for your damages and losses. Thompson Law Office, one of Lexington, KY's most-trusted accident lawyers, explain what to do after an accident to ensure your rights are respected.
If your injuries aren't so severe that you are taken from the scene by ambulance:
- Take Plenty Of Pictures: Click away! Take pictures of your car, their car, other cars involved, license plates, everything and anything that may be relevant. Police officers are often rushed and stressed when they make their reports. For instance, police reports generally state how “severe” the damage to a car was. In a rush, often a car that is totaled will be noted as having minimal to no damage. Misstatements like that can be a headache when it’s time for settlement as adjusters will try to minimize what may have been a very serious accident. Pictures, however, speak volumes. By providing clear pictures of the scene and the damage can easily refute mistakes and establish the severity of an accident thus, increasing your cases settlement value.
- Look around for witnesses: Get names, phone numbers, any information you can from an independent witness who can verify what happened in the accident, who was at fault, how fast a driver may have been going, etc… Even in a case where one party is clearly at fault, that party may still try to minimize how fast they were going or any other factors which may have led to the accident. Independent witnesses can be of great assistance when fighting with an insurance company about your accident. They can provide affidavits and, ultimately, be testifying witnesses on your behalf. Witnesses can truly be invaluable!
- Seek Medical Treatment: If you've suffered even minor discomfort, see a doctor immediately. In the aftermath of an accident, you might not think you've suffered major injuries, but insurance companies will question the severity of your experience if you don't immediately need medical treatment.
If you've hurt the accident lawyers at Thompson Law Office will help you collect the compensation you deserve. The insurance company has a fleet of legal professionals on their side, so you need an experienced lawyer on your side to protect your interests, as well. They take pride in providing customized legal solutions to all of their clients, so visit the Thompson Law Office online now to learn more or just call (859) 280-2222 to schedule a consultation today.