Assuming you are in a good physical condition after the car crash, call the police as soon as possible! Meanwhile, there are a few steps you can take to make your lawyer´s work easier, or faster. The more information and the sooner he has it, the more advantages or tools will he have to handle your case. You hired a lawyer to protect and defend your rights and to get you the money you are entitled to collaborating with him is the only way to achieve the best results.
There are a few things you should do right after the accident has occurred, and other things you have to do later to facilitate your lawyer´s work on your behalf.
-Besides giving him all your personal data, make sure to get the other´s driver name, address, phone number, and if possible even email address.
-Take note on the make and model of the car.
– Ask the other driver the name of his insurance carrier and policy number.
-Get the license plate number taking a photo with your cell phone would be a good idea.
-Try to take photos of both cars before they are moved emphasizing on the damaged areas. It is also advisable to take photos of the whole accident scene before cars are moved in case liability dispute may arise.
-If there are any witnesses try to collect their personal and contact information.
-Seek medical assistance on site or going to an ER even if you or your passengers’ do not show any external signs of harm. Internal injuries can go externally unnoticed.
-Prior felony convictions if you had any.
After these first instances, you will need to give your lawyer the following information and documents:
-Copies of your driver´s license and health insurance card, and a copy of your insurance policy and the police report as well.
-Give your lawyer the name of the medical providers you saw as a consequence of the accident along with a complete list of the injuries suffered and treatments received. Make copies of all related medical bills and prescription receipts and handle them to your lawyer as well.
-If your health insurance carrier already paid for any treatment resulting from the accident give your lawyer copies of all the forms you received and filled.
Many times car accidents leave consequences that affect people for a long time, not only concerning health but also in their incomes in which case you may be entitled to make a loss of earnings claim. To help your lawyer make sure to give him a detailed list including:
-Your employer’s contact information.
-Your job title, your duties, and your salary.
-The dates and hours you had missed work as a consequence of the accident.
With all these information and some other your car accident lawyer may request, he will have the tools to file a claim and obtain the best results for you. Remember it takes time so make periodical calls to him to check on the process but do not overwhelm him, he will get in touch with you as soon as he has significant updates or if he needs to take further actions. Once you chose a lawyer, trust him, collaborate with him, and let him do his work.