If you or a loved one have been injured in a car wreck or a truck wreck then this check list is MUST.
It has been developed by DAVID BUTTS, a PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY over a period of forty years in the practice of personal injury and injuries of many kinds.
Of course, many times the victim of such accidents are seriously injured. It is up to the family of the victim to follow this check list in order that their loved one be fully compensated for all their injuries.
- RECORD WHAT THE OTHER DRIVER SAYS:
If you are the victim and are conscious at the scene, be sure to record (on your phone, in writing or by any other means) everything the other driver says.
Often the other driver will say, “I’m sorry,” or “It was my fault,” or “I didn’t see you.” These can be useful and incriminating statements to be used later to prove your case.
- TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR VEHICLE, THE OTHER VEHICLE AND DEBRIS SURROUNDING THE ACCIDENT SCENE, PARTICULARLY GOUGE MARKS IN THE ROAD AND SKID MARKS
It is very important that evidence at the scene be preserved. Most people now have smartphones that can take photographs. Don’t be stingy.
Take photographs of everything involved in the accident and everything around the accident. This can even include stop signs, signals, and other traffic control signs and devices.
Important evidence is often lost because of debris removal and weather and other traffic wiping out skid marks and other evidence. This includes tire marks and gouges off the side of the road.
- BE SURE TO CALL THE POLICE AND THAT AN ACCIDENT REPORT IS COMPLETED AND COMPLETED CORRECTLY. Of course, do not interfere with the officer, but it is important that he get your statement down correctly and the statement of the other driver. Be sure that he gets the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY. Even if you don’t think your injuries are very serious, many complications can develop later. It is always best to find and contact the best, most experienced injury attorney you can find and get him or her on the case early.
- DO NOT GIVE ANY STATEMENTS TO INSURANCE COMPANY ADJUSTERS WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY. Often insurance company adjusters will come to visit you at home or in the hospital. They will record everything you say, and if they can, they will use anything you say against you later should you make a claim or file a lawsuit. They will not allow you or your attorney to get a statement from their insured driver, at least not until a lawsuit is filed.
- KEEP JOURNAL DIARY. Write down the dates you see your doctor. Write down what he tells you. Write down how you feel every day and otherwise document your recovery. Write down the things you can and can’t do. Make note of everything that someone else has to help you do, such as bathe or get dressed or take care of other personal needs.
- IF YOU HAVE A GOOD ATTORNEY, THE BEST ATTORNEY WILL ADVISE YOU ON EVERYTHING TO DO AND WILL HANDLE MUCH OF THIS FOR YOU.