Getting into a car accident is never a fun thing. Whether you’re in a small fender bender or a huge pile up, it’s never fun to have to deal with the aftermath and current situation.
While most car accidents work themselves out with insurance companies and whatnot, there are times when there are more serious matters at stake which require lawyers to get involved.
Winning a case is not only about being right, and you may or may not see why. But if you’re interested in tipping the scales in your favor, here are four ways to help you win your car accident case:
Whether it was the other person’s fault or yours, always take photographs of everything at the scene. Take pictures of the other person, the scene of the accident, both cars, and anything else that you may find to be important.
Your words can only get you so far, but a picture can speak a thousand words. It’s one thing telling the judge that the other guy made a mistake, but it’s another thing actually showing how that person made the mistake.
This also helps if the police officer on duty at the time didn’t feel like writing a lot of details down.
Hire a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
There are a ton of injury lawyers out there who specialize in this very exact situation. While a cheaper lawyer (who may be fairly new to the lawyer world, therefore, is inexperienced) may not get you favorable results, a good lawyer will almost always give a much better shot to come out of the courtroom with some money in your pockets.
You won’t win every single case (especially ones that are clearly your fault, like running a red light, for instance), but a good car wreck lawyer will give you a better chance of not getting taken advantage of.
Don’t Discuss the Details of the Accident with Anyone
Other than your close family members, insurance company, and police, you should not discuss any details about the accident with anyone. Have you ever heard “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”? Yeah, it applies here.
Even if you think the accident was your fault, don’t say it out loud to anyone. This is one of the top rules here. Let the courts decide if you were wrong, not you. When discussing details of the accident with an officer, provide as many details as possible, but don’t point fingers at yourself or the other person. Act like a bystander.
These three things will help you have a better chance of coming home with some money in your pocket. Nobody likes paying for their own car in an accident or having their insurance rates skyrocket, so heed these warnings!
About the author:
Joe Petchonka is a freelance writer who provides drivers with helpful accident tips.