If you or your loved one has been involved in a car accident, you should take the following steps immediately. That way, you can create a stronger case to ensure maximum compensation from the accident.
- Call The Police – Even if the damage to the car is minor and injuries resulting from the accident are mild and don’t require immediate treatment, you should always call the police. That way, you will have an official record of everything.
- Obtain An Official Police Report Of The Accident – Make sure you note the officer who reports on the scene and contact them at a later date to obtain an official police report of the accident. It should have important details that you can use when filing your compensation claim. The report should also have the police officer’s opinion on whoever is at fault for the accident.
How Do I Claim Compensation For A Car Accident?
At first, the compensation claim after a car accident can be daunting. However, you don’t need to be overwhelmed about it if you are working with us. At Farris, Riley and Pitt, LLP we have a lot of experience in handling car accident claims and we can walk you through the initial processes. We have handled car accident claims so many times before.
Even better, we have the best understanding of the legal system to ensure that your compensation claim will be handled in the most professional manner. Once you approach us, we will start evaluating the validity of your claim. We might conclude that you don’t have a good claim for compensation then we process your claim on a no win no fee agreement. When this happens, there are a few things that need to happen.
- Medical Examination – First, we will arrange a free medical examination to assess your injuries caused by the car accident and the estimated recovery time. For most car accident claims we have handled in the past, we have obtained partial compensation payments to cover immediate costs such as physiotherapy that can be arranged at local facilities.
- Gathering Evidence – Next, we will start gathering evidence and it involves a full account of the car accident such as where it happened, the time it happened and why it happened. We will also take photos and videos of the car accidents and request witness statements whenever applicable as well as the medical records. All the evidence gathered will be used for your case to prove negligence.
For most car accident claims, settlement happens out of court, especially where there is sufficient evidence to prove liability and negligence. If an out-of-court settlement is proposed, we will discuss with the representatives and choose the most appropriate amount.
If the negligence is disputed or there is shared negligence with other parties, your case will end up in court. We have also handled court cases and you might be called to give evidence. We have trial experience and will provide the support you need for every step of the case.
What Evidence Do I Need For A Car Accident Claim?
As soon as you can, you should make some notes about the road traffic accident. You should add as many details as possible even those that appear insignificant. Make sure you keep the documents and receipts about the accident properly. These include:
- Photographs of the vehicle and the scene of the accident.
- Photographs of your injuries immediately after the car crash
- Prescription orders, memos and receipts related to your medical care including x-rays and any details regarding your visit to the physical therapist, chiropractor, family doctor or emergency room. Make sure that all these documents are dated and signed accordingly. That way, it will not be dismissed on a technical error.
- Keep all the receipts of the miscellaneous costs that you incurred resulting from the accident. These include the cost of hiring child care, alternative means of travel, taxi rides and cancellation fees for airline tickets if you were planning to travel.
- Letter from your employer to verify the lost working hours and the total amount of income lost as a result of the accident.
Don’t forget to keep a daily diary where you should record all the details related to the car accident claim that might be tough to substantiate with claims. For instance, if you are a motorist who suffered a car accident and are undergoing treatment for whiplash, you can write down the details of how you got there and back and the type of treatment offered as well as how long the pain and discomfort took.
You should also have a record of your emotional state. Mention everything that you have to overcome every day. It will help your case especially if there are any long-term effects after the accident.