Auto accidents occur every day. For individuals who are the victims of another driver's negligence, auto accident claims may be in order.
To win a case, it must have certain elements. By keeping a few things in mind, individuals can make solid auto accident claims.
It is important to create a paper trail to verify the accident led to certain injuries. This trail begins at the scene of the accident. The DMV provides a guide for proper protocol after an accident, and drivers are required to follow a few steps:
- Pull over in a safe area.
- Check for any injuries.
- Assist hurt parties, if possible.
- Exchange driver information.
- File a crash report, if applicable.
If neither party has any injuries and there is less than $1,500 in property damage, a report is not required. However, it may still be beneficial for a claim. Medical records are also a crucial part of the claim process. Even those who do not have physical bruises or lacerations should seek medical attention, to rule out any internal issues.
Having an eyewitness testimony to validate a story is a great way to solidify a claim. When possible, individuals should gather witness statements at the scene. If that is not an option, getting a witnesses' contact information is also a great choice. Either way, it is important to follow up later.
Though records and witnesses may be enough to create a solid claim, any additional evidence does not hurt. It is always a good idea to take pictures of the scene. In some cases, it may even be possible to collect video footage. The right proof can help show the other driver's negligence while limiting the fault of the claimant, which can help in securing the highest settlement amount.
These are a few of the key things to keep in mind for an auto claim. It might also be beneficial to speak with a knowledgeable attorney to help determine the best course of action.