Top Ten Tips to Win a Car Accident Claim
Working in the car accident compensation sector, you received phone calls everyday from people considering this course of legal action. One of the most commonly asked questions is whether or not there’s anything that a potential claimant can do to maximise the chances of success. The short answer is, yes. There are a number of steps which can be taken and we’ll cover them in this article. Not all of these steps have to be taken in order to ensure success. Having even one or two of these key points in your back pocket will help considerably towards winning your car accident compensation claim and could be the difference between winning and losing the case. All of them are helpful to know in the event that you experience a car accident in the future and many will help if you’ve experienced one in the past.
1. Stay composed at the scene of the accident.
This is always the most counterintuitive advice to give anyone. However, knowing that remaining calm is so important now will help you to do so should you experience a car accident. If you lose your temper with an offending driver or lose your cool because of the incident, it will not help those who’ve been injured and it will not help with your legal case later on.
2. Call in the emergency services.
If anybody is injured at the scene of the car accident, call the emergency services immediately. If you have successfully remained calm, you’ll be of much greater help to the operator who will then be able to do their job more effectively and call the appropriate emergency services quickly. Take a note of the officer and number and incident number from the police.
3. Information gathering #1 – Insurance policy numbers.
When exchanging information with other drivers involved at the scene, be sure to take the insurance details first. Make sure you get the insurance details of all the drivers included in the car accident too, and not just the one that caused it to happen.
4. Information gathering #2 – License plate numbers.
Having a license plate number will allow your auto accident lawyer to quickly assess the specifics of the case via the insurance companies, thus speeding up the legal action. Having the license place will make things quicker and easier. Using the camera on your cell phone is a quick and easy way to note down the license plate numbers, and this brings us to our next point.
5. Information gathering #3 – Photographs
Some types of evidence will go further towards winning a court case than others. Photographic evidence is one of the strongest types of evidence when trying to sway legal proceedings in your favour. Use a cellphone camera to take as many pictures of the scene of the accident as possible and email them to yourself for safekeeping.
6. Information gathering #4 – Eyewitness details.
Another court case-winner is having an eyewitness who saw the car accident happen first-hand. If anyone in the vicinity witnessed the incident, take a note of their name, phone number, and email address. These people are doing you a huge favour so always be sure thank them and let them know you’re grateful for the help. If anyone you know witnessed a car accident which may have happened in the past, contact them about being an eyewitness.
7. Keep information safe and secure.
We get many phone calls from people looking to start auto accident claims who have lost some of the information which was gathered at the scene. Always store your information safely. E-mailing it to yourself is a great way to store it safely and make sure it never gets lost, so if you’re considering a claim in the future, take a moment now to do this now so that it’s out of the way.
8. Make a quick response.
The sooner you start to get your auto accident claim under way, the better the memory of everybody involved in incident will be. Sometimes, delaying the course of action for some time can possibly damage the credibility of how much to blame the offending driver was.
9. Check for regulatory bodies.
Always make sure a company you wish to work with is registered with the appropriate legal body of your country. If it does not say so on the website, it’s likely that they’re not registered.
10. Always use a specialist.
There are many lawyers which are general practitioners of law which may take on your case if you go to them. However, this does not necessarily mean that they are specialists in that area. Always use an expert car accident lawyer in order to maximise the chances of making a successful claim.