Getting into a car accident can be a very traumatic experience. Depending on the severity of the crash and the level of trauma involved, individuals can forget to obtain valuable information required for them to recover for their losses in the future. To protect yourself after an unexpected car accident, be sure to remember to gather the information listed below:
Take Photographs or Videos
Be sure to photograph the damage to the vehicles at all angles and take a short video. Any video or pictures of the other driver could prove helpful as well. Any injuries that you or anyone else in your vehicle have suffered should also be photographed. This proof will help later on when we are trying to determine fault and/or determine the amounts of any damages to be paid to the victim(s).
Speak to Any Witnesses You Can Find
Most importantly, ask any eyewitnesses for their contact information (name/address/phone number) so that you can follow up with them later on if there are further questions. If possible and practical, ask for their statement, ideally in a short video.
Exchange Insurance Information
Make sure to obtain the insurance information of all parties in the accident. This way, it will be easier for the various insurance companies to divide up what costs are required to pay for damages to the vehicles and potential medical expenses that occur as a result of the accident.
Keep Track of All Medical Expenses
Any invoices the hospital or any other medical provider provides should be filed away for later use. Those documents will help the court to determine what you should receive in damages.
Should You Consult with a Lawyer?
If you are involved in a car accident, it is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. The skilled and seasoned attorneys at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP have many decades of experience representing injured parties located all over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and can help you as well. If you or someone you know was injured due to a car accident, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling (508) 203-6600 for an initial consultation. There is NO FEE for this or any consultation. Call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Attorney Peter M. Goldberg is the founder of and managing partner at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP, and has been in private practice since 1986. He takes pride in the fact he deals directly with his clients on a daily basis working to get their cases resolved to the fullest extent of their rights. Peter practices personal injury law and workers compensation law in Massachusetts.