Most people understand that if they suffer the consequences of an accident that was not their fault, they may be due compensation. However, there is quite a journey between the incident itself and the day of the payout, and there is much to consider for anyone unfortunate enough to be involved. What do you need to bear in mind if you become a victim in a situation like this?
Any significant accident that causes injury will be traumatic. Most people are going to suffer from a sense of shock, and this can sometimes be so significant that it might stop them from doing the right thing – gathering the evidence. It can be easier said than done, but once you have taken care of any injuries, you should switch your mindset to that of a detective.
Being the Detective
In short, you should gather as much evidence as possible and be truly comprehensive in your work. Remember, the people who will determine your level of compensation were not at the scene itself, and you can never assume that they will understand the full extent of the incident.
Photo and Video Evidence
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days that is equipped with a camera, and most of them will allow you to take videos as well as photos. Use this tool and take pictures of the evidence from every angle. If you think that something contributed to the crash, document it. If there were any witnesses present, make sure that you approach them and ask for their details. You may find it advantageous to conduct a short interview with them using your phone because they may be difficult to reach in the future or might be reluctant to come forward again.
Even More Detail
You may need to write down some details to help jog your memory in the future and when you are asked some pertinent questions. For example, was the setting sun in the eyes of the other driver and therefore contributory?
You need to prove that somebody else was negligent, causing the accident and resulting in your loss. The more information, evidence or proof that you gather, the easier you will find the task ahead.
Assembling Your Team
You will also find it advantageous to enlist the services of a lawyer who deals with personal injury and accident compensation claims. Give them a copy of all your evidence, and they will craft a strong case for you.
To learn more, contact a lawyer.