Everyone has heard the old adage, “Accidents happen!” However, when they happen and someone suffers serious injury and/or excessive property damage, the victim should not be left holding the bill. Recovering from a car accident can take time and medical bills often pile up long before the victim sees relief from insurance companies. In these situations, it is important to have a knowledgeable advocate on your side to help you obtain the money you need to fully recover. Recovery should begin at the point the accident is over, and any initial fault has been determined by an emergency responder. There are many steps included in recovery, and it is important to follow them so that the money a victim is owed can be paid.
Step One: At the Scene
The immediate scene after a major accident is often filled with chaos and it may be difficult for an injured person to focus on anything other than obtaining immediate medical assistance. If at all possible, however, once medical treatment has been administered, it is important for the injured person to take in the scene as much as possible. Cell phone cameras have proven to be a very useful modern tool in the fight to obtain justice after a car crash, as they can be used to capture critical moments after an accident that can assist investigators determine fault at a later date. Cell phones can also be used to obtain witness contact information to ensure that any witnesses to the crash may be contacted later.
Step Two: Police Report
It is very common for law enforcement to be involved after a serious crash and any investigation will typically lead to a police report. Obtaining a copy of this report may be key to successfully recovering monetary relief from the party at fault for the accident. This report may include information about who was at fault for the accident and/or if a traffic violation was involved.
Step Three: Insurance
Following an accident, it is very important for the victim to report it to both his own insurance as well as the insurance company for the other driver. Dealing with insurance companies may be one of the most frustrating aspects of recovering damages after an accident. For understandable reasons, insurance companies can be guarded when providing information as to what amount may be recoverable after a crash. Following up and ensuring the insurance company is engaging in good faith consideration of a claim may take some time, but if an insurance company is causing undue delay it may be time to seek relief via litigation.
Stepping Up and Forward
Litigation is often not a preferred way for victims to recover damages, but it is often necessary. It is typically more common in cases involving larger damages and/or injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and are having difficulty recovering the money that you are owed to help you recover, contact the Dan Pruitt Injury Law Firm today and speak to a skilled Greenville car accident attorney who can fight on your side to help you move forward after an accident.