Between 20-50 million people are disabled or injured each year because they’ve been in a car accident.
Especially if the accident wasn’t your fault, we know that it likely takes all of your willpower not to scream, “I will sue you!” at the person who crashed into you.
If you truly are considering taking your case to court, however, there are a few things you need to know first.
Read on to learn what to do when you are in a car accident to help you prepare to face the offender in court – and win a hefty settlement.
1. Your Case Starts on the Scene
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your case begins the moment you get hit.
Make sure that you take as many photos and videos as possible of the scene, the other driver, your location, your injuries, and the other car. The same thing goes for your own injuries and the damages done to your vehicle.
If you can’t move, try to ask someone else to take photographs for you.
Be sure you get the badge numbers of every officer involved in your accident.
2. Collect Your Documents
Before you face the person who hit you and say, “I will sue you” make sure you have all the right documents.
Head to the hospital as soon as you can after the accident, and have your doctor document all of your injuries and the suggested course of treatment. Also, contact the car insurance agency for a quote, and take it into a mechanic to assess the damage.
Make sure you also get a copy of the police report, as well as a letter from your employer that documents days of work missed/payments owed.
3. Lawyer Up
The biggest mistake accident victims make?
Not lawyering up as soon as possible.
There are all kinds of court filings, deadlines, legal procedures, state laws, forms, and more, that the average person won’t know anything about and can’t navigate without the help of an experienced attorney.
Check out sites like https://www.evanstxlaw.com/vehicle-accidents/car-accidents/ to learn more about the legal procedure and how to find the right attorney.
4. Stay off Social Media
Yes, it can be tempting to tell your friends you’re fine or just vent about the idiocy of the other driver as a car accident victim.
But doing so can wreck your case.
The other driver’s lawyer may argue that you’re well enough to go out as evidenced by social media photos – and you could accidentally reveal details to suggest you were really the one at fault.
Ready to Say “I Will Sue You?”
Saying, “I will sue you,” may be easy, but we hope this post has taught you that the process can be much more complicated. Follow the advice here to get the outcome you deserve.
If you’re in need of a template for a legal form or a contract with your lawyer, use our document database to help make it easy.
Keep on checking back in with our blog for more tips on how to protect your legal rights – whether you’re defending yourself or your place of business.