According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 78 percent of all car accidents are caused by driver negligence. Other reasons why accidents occur are:
- Bad road conditions
- Defective parts
- DUI (driving under the influence)
- Road rage
If you find yourself involved in a car accident, it is important to act quickly and do the right thing. These steps will maximize your odds of obtaining the highest compensation possible:
- Call 911 right after the accident
- Take photos of the scene, or ask someone to do it for you
- Go to the hospital and get inspected by a medical professional
- Call your attorney
Once you are done talking to the police and out of the hospital, your attorney will start a thorough investigation to determine liability. Here is how it is done.
Investigating the Crash Site
Usually, things start off with the place where the accident happened. There are always more than enough evidence that will prove liability, and most of them can be found at the crash site. Your attorney will look for the following:
- Position of the vehicles on the scene
- Road conditions
- Traffic signs in the area
- Video cameras that might have recorded the accident
- Damage to both vehicles
- Statements from any potential witnesses that were there when the accident occurred
Proving liability is an important part of every case. Without it, it is impossible to file a claim (at least a successful one). Once liability is established, if there is enough evidence to prove that the other party’s negligent actions caused the accident in the first place, your attorney will help you file a claim and seek compensation for your:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Loss of earning potential (and lost wages)
- Property damage
Be sure to contact our Kansas City car accident attorney if you have no attorney to call, or if you do not know where to start getting help. Our attorneys will help investigate your case and provide you with much-needed legal help and guidance.
Copy of Reports
Both the police and the medical reports are valuable evidence which can help your attorney prove that you suffered injuries from that particular accident. In addition, the police report may contain information about the witnesses, about the movement of both vehicles prior to the accident, road conditions and how the accident came to be. On the other hand, a medical report will clearly show that you suffered injuries from that accident, making it easier to seek compensation for those particular injuries. Without any of these two reports, proving liability and obtaining compensation is nearly impossible. Remember to always call 911 right after the accident to maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation for your damages.
After that, schedule a consultation with our car accident lawyers and receive a free evaluation. They will take over and allow you to focus on your full recovery. If you have any other questions, our attorneys will gladly help answer them and provide you with legal advice and guidance.