One of the most common reasons people need an attorney, is when they are involved in an automobile or motorcycle accident and suffer a painful personal injury.
The following list of items are things to keep in mind should you find yourself facing a personal injury.
1) Do not refuse medical attention. While you may not have any visible injuries, medical professionals, including first responders, are trained to look for other injuries. These injuries, sometimes called soft tissue damage, could cause problems in the future if they are not discovered early.
2) Call the police. If you think damage to either vehicle is more than a couple hundred dollars and you are injured, call the police to come investigate and make a report. Never drive away from the accident no matter how slight the damages.
3) Immediately Take Photographs of the Accident Site. If you are injured, have another person take pictures as soon as reasonably possible after the accident. There will be things that you will not be able to remember about that day and, as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Having a photograph that shows, for example, the lighting conditions, road conditions, and placement of the cars, may assist you in proving that the other person was at fault or, at the minimum, that you did nothing to contribute to the accident. Take pictures of all vehicles involved and any visible injuries.
4) Keep Written Records. This may seem obvious, but often times, people do not keep copies of things and hope that the hospital, doctor or police will have copies of everything. While that it often the case, there are times that things go missing. If you have copies of everything, it allows for a more complete picture and may, in some cases, save the time and money from having to recollect everything. Insist that you get the following information from the other driver/s : Name, address, license plate number, vehicle registration number, make, model and year of vehicle, insurance company name and number, etc.
5) Do Not Sign Anything. Often times the person that caused the injury, whether through their attorney or insurance company, will try to get you to sign something whether it's a check or some other document. Signing the check may, and usually does, mean that you are no longer able to pursue a lawsuit for additional money. The other side is out to protect their own interests.
6) Talk to an Attorney Immediately. Having an attorney on your side protects your legal interests. Having somebody to work on your behalf allows you to focus on recovery while your attorney focuses on getting you compensated for medical bills, rental cars and pain and suffering. Additionally, an attorney is well versed in handling personal injury situations and familiar with the deadlines associated with these types of cases. Missing certain deadlines will prevent you from being able to get any money.
If you any questions or concerns about personal injury case or any other issue that might arise, we invite you to contact the Scott Law Group at (336) 993-5000 or email us at [email protected] to set up a FREE initial consultation. Our attorneys are experienced in handling personal injury cases, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, or unsafe conditions that resulted in your injury. Call or email today to discuss your case.