Were you injured in a car wreck? Are you facing mounting medical bills and / or property damage expenses? If so, you’ll need to file a car accident for compensation. Below, we list the top tips you’ll need to know when preparing documents for your car accident claim in Louisiana.
Tip #1: Obtain the contact information of any and all witnesses.
Of primary concern in any claim or lawsuit brought on behalf of your accident will be who is at fault for the collision. Without witnesses and evidence, determining fault will be a matter of hearsay, and that won’t get anyone very far. An eyewitness can help you prove the other party was at fault. Be sure to take down the names and phone numbers of any individuals who saw the accident and then pass along the information to your attorney so statements can be obtained to support your claim.
Tip #2: Collect supporting documents, including pictures of your injuries and car damage.
Any car accident claim or lawsuit you file will require some sort of proof of injury and / or property damage. Be sure to save all documents from the police report, as well as pictures of the accident and your initial injuries. It’s also a good idea to keep any documentation provided to you by the insurance company.
Tip #3: Record all expenses connected to your accident, including medical bills, car expenses, etc
. How much you are compensated for your accident will reflect the total costs of your injuries and property damage, as well as any emotional distress the accident may have caused. As such, any expenses related to the collision and resulting injuries should be saved and documented, including your doctors’ bills, prescriptions, car repair receipts, etc.
Tip #4: Avoid communicating with the other party’s insurance company.
It’s important to recognize that the at-fault party’s insurance company will do everything possible to avoid financial responsibility for your accident. They will very likely offer you a low settlement. They may even try to get you to admit guilt. Proceed cautiously when corresponding with the other party’s insurance company, and whenever possible, leave this type of communication to your lawyer.
Tip #5: Don’t wait to involve an attorney.
After an accident, it can be difficult to obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve, even if you’re not at fault for the collision. Securing legal representation can better help you obtain the compensation you both need and deserve at this time. And the sooner you involve an attorney in the matter the better. In fact, an attorney can handle most, if not all, of the document preparation needed to file a claim or lawsuit.
For additional information and support through the claims-filing process, contact a New Orleans car accident attorney at the Cossé Law Firm. Backed by more than 20 years of experience, we know how to effectively file claims and lawsuits on behalf of car wreck victims. We are here to help you obtain maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, so don’t wait to contact us for help.