There are many things that your auto accident lawyer will do to get the most out of your claim. There are also other things you can do to also get the most from your claim. Today, we are going to go over a few things you can do in order to be able to get the most out of your car accident claim. Remember, if you are suffering, you deserve the best representation possible. If you have been in an accident and need representation, contact us today to discuss your case. Consultations with a car accident lawyer at Silverthorne Attorneys are free!
Auto Accident Lawyer | At the Scene
One of the first things to do after your accident is to remain calm. In order for your auto accident lawyer to maximize the amount they can get for you, it is important to remain calm and pay attention at the scene of the accident. Next, make sure no one is seriously injured. Even if no one is seriously injured, call the police to the scene to have them write up a report of what happened. As a part of gathering records, your car accident lawyer will contact the police to get the official report. We may also speak with the responding officer if need be.
Make sure you keep your composure and do not argue with the other driver or other parties involved in the accident. Even if you believe that the accident was 100% the other person’s fault, do not engage in an altercation. Arguing with the other parties involved in the accident will not only look bad when the police arrive, but you may end up causing more harm than good. Though trying to maintain your composure is difficult, it is imperative when it comes to your claim.
As with any accident, you want to make sure that you get the necessary information from all other parties involved in the accident. You will want to gather the following:
- name and driver’s license numbers
- vehicle type and license plate number of other car(s) involved
- insurance company name and insurance policy number
- name and contact information for any witnesses
Usually after an accident, two or more insurance companies will be involved in the process claim. There will be an insurance company involved for each driver in the accident. Make sure that the other driver’s policy has not yet expired and if the policy is not under the driver’s name, get the insurance policy holder’s name and contact information. When you hire a car accident lawyer, will also do a lot of this leg work for you.
Take Pictures and Take Notes
You want to take as many pictures of the scene of the accident as you can. You want to take pictures of your vehicle and the other vehicles involved in the incident. Take notes on how the accident happened and any other important details you can remember from the crash. Traffic in Orange County, especially during the commute hours, can be tough. Remember to write down the conditions of the road, what the weather was like that day.
Take pictures of the scene. We cannot stress this enough. Take as many pictures to show your auto accident lawyer to help you get the most from your claim.
Keep Track of Medical Records
Though we will order copies of all of your medical records and bills, you will also want to keep track of medical treatment and records. Treatments by certain specialists are given a higher value by insurance companies.
Document all physical therapy and chiropractic appointments. We always advise that you keep a journal of how you are feeling each day and how your accident has affected your everyday life. For instance, if you are not able driver yourself to work any longer because of the effects of the accident, make sure you document that. The longer you are seeking treatment, the higher the value of your settlement.
We wait until you are completely done with treatment to send a demand to the insurance company. As your attorney, we want to make sure that you are getting back what you deserve. Being injured in an accident is taxing and can cost a lot of money in medical treatment. We do not believe that you should be responsible for these bills. That is why your auto accident lawyer is here. When you hire Silverthorne Attorneys, you can rest easy knowing that we will take care of everything for you. The only thing you need to worry about is finishing treatment and getting your life back to normal.
Let us Handle Adjusters
We know more than anyone that insurance adjusters will try to get you to say anything to implicated yourself as the at-fault party in your accident. Never speak with insurance adjusters on your own. Believe it or not, they will use any tactic to get you to talk and to accept a settlement that is far less than what you deserve.
As your car accident lawyers, the attorneys at Silverthorne Attorneys want you to know that you never have to take on your case alone. We approach all of our cases with integrity and believe that the needs of our clients come first. We are here to make sure you and your family get the best care.