There has been in increase in the number of car accident claims files every year. The law provides that persons injured in car accidents as a result of negligence can file for compensation for injuries and damages. The compensation can be determined in a settlement with the party at fault or through court. Personal injury cases are mainly circumstantial, as such there is a great need to safeguard your rights. These are several measures you can take to increase your chances of a fair settlement amount on your injuries. Learn about your legal rights and how to safeguard them.
Document the Accident Scene
An accident can be traumatic and chaotic. Your first course of action should be to seek medical attention, however, if the injuries are not too serious you can document the scene of the accident. Try and recall moments leading to the accident and take notes. This can be key to winning your claim.
In addition to this, talk to witnesses at the scene. Ensure that you get information about the accident and what they saw. Ask them to make written or verbal statements detailing the accident. Your claim will be stronger if you get corroborating information from key witnesses. Your personal recollection may not weigh much because the other party can argue that you were not in the right frame of mind.
It is also important that you call the traffic police on the scene as soon as possible. The involvement of the police can add credibility to your claims. In addition to this, a police report will also carry more weight, especially when dealing with insurance adjusters. The police report also indicates who at fault and this can significantly favor your claims. The police can also be called upon to testify. Insurance adjusters will generally shy off from heavily contesting an accident where the police report indicates that they are liable for the injuries or damages.