At the scene of an accident, most of us aren’t focused on protecting our legal rights. However, your conduct at the time of the accident can significantly affect the outcome of your case if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
If you’re involved in an accident, there are several things you can do to preserve evidence for a future personal injury claim. For example:
l If you have your cell phone with you, take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take pictures from as many different angles as possible, since you don’t know what evidence will prove to be useful at a later date.
l Seek immediate medical treatment for any injuries, even if they appear to be relatively minor. Minor injuries can often develop into something more serious once the initial rush of adrenaline from the accident wears off.
l Have someone help you photograph your injuries.
l Write down as many details as you can think of regarding your own impression of what happened. As time passes, it becomes harder to remember the facts.
l Obtain the names and contact information of all witness to the scene of the accident.
l Call your insurance carrier immediately and discuss the details of the accident with your adjuster.
l Do not discuss the details of the accident with strangers, as they may later speak to a private investigator and provide information that could damage your case.
l Do not do anything that could be interpreted as admitting blame for the accident. Even a simple statement like “I’m sorry” could be seen as an admission of guilt, when all you intended was to express your sympathy for the other party’s injuries.
l If you are asked to provide a statement to law enforcement officials, stick only to the basic facts. Do not speculate as to the cause of the accident. You may be mistaken or not thinking clearly.
l Even if you’re not certain you want to seek legal action, arrange to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It is easier for a lawyer to build a case when all of the evidence is still fresh.
Conte & Associates Can Help
Conte & Associates, based in Whitby/Oshawa, can help you receive reimbursement for accident-related expenses. Our firm specializes in helping people with serious orthopedic, brain, or spinal cord injuries get the benefits they need so they can fully focus on their recovery. Please call 1.877.614.008 to schedule an appointment.