Understanding The Legal Process

Remember These 4 Things After Getting Into A Car Accident

by Eli Gregory

A car accident can be a harrowing experience, and if you have recently been in one, all you may want to do is rest and put the situation behind you. However, if you are seeing a financial settlement because of your injuries, it is important to keep the following things in mind.

Tell Your Lawyer About Your Past

The other driver's insurance company will do everything it can to prove that you were in the wrong on the day of the accident. They will find out as much as they can about you in order to weaken your case. That's why it is critical that you give your lawyer every piece of information you can so they can mount a proper defense.

In particular, make sure your lawyer knows your medical history and what medications you are taking. Make sure that you mention past accidents and any criminal background you have. You may feel uncomfortable sharing certain details about yourself, but without the right information, your lawyer cannot adequately represent you.

Write Down Your Recollection of the Accident

As time passes, your memory of the day of the day of the accident might become a bit fuzzy. That's why it is important to sit down and write an account of what happened that day. Describe what you were doing, what the weather was like and any other pertinent details so you have a written record to refer to. Give this written account to your lawyer so they can refer to it as the case progresses.

Don't Chat With The Other Driver's Insurance Company

You may think there's no harm in having a conversation with the other driver's insurance company, but it is important to remember that they work for the other driver. Avoid answering questions about the accident without your attorney on the line. Above all, refrain from taking any financial settlement offer until you have had an opportunity to talk to your lawyer.

Ensure You Follow Your Doctor's Treatment Plan

You may have already seen a doctor to document your injuries, but you also need to make sure you are following their advice. For instance, you may think you can do some light yard work, but if your doctor says you cannot, avoid it. If the other driver's insurance carrier can prove you are not following your doctor's orders, they might try to claim that you are not as injured as you said you were.

If your religious beliefs or other personal issues mean that you are unable to follow the recommendations of your doctor, ensure that those reasons are discussed with your doctor and your attorney.

Pay attention to the information in this article when you have had a car accident. Work closely with your lawyer to get a fair settlement for yourself.

For more information, contact an attorney such as those at Knochel Law Offices, P.C.