Car Accidents and You: What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Cases

Dealing with a personal injury can be a devastating experience. Fortunately, it's possible to file a claim for compensation to help you deal with the fallout of the accident. Here's what you need to know.

Whether you were rear-ended while driving to work or you were hit by a vehicle while crossing a street, dealing with a personal injury can be incredibly difficult. Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons: distracted driving, bad weather conditions, or even alcohol consumption. In 2016, nearly 2.5 million people were injured in car accidents, and those are only accidents reported to the police. Many adults choose not to report accidents, which means that the actual number of injuries could be much higher. If you or someone you love was recently injured an an accident involving a motor vehicle, there are a few things you need to know.

1. Reporting is important

One of the most important things you can do when an accident occurs is to report it to the police. File an official police report that details where the accident occurs, who was involved, and what happened. It's vital that you get this information on record as soon as possible. Not only does it help back up your claim that you were injured, but it ensures that the legal system knows the exact date when the injury occurred. Both of these things are very important. In addition to reporting the accident to the police, you also need to report it to your insurance company, as they'll need to be notified as soon as possible about the accident. Note that some automobile insurance companies require notification within 24 hours of the accident, so make sure you reach out quickly.

2. Proof is necessary

Unfortunately, it's important to provide documentation that the accident occurred and that is has impacted your life. Consider saving as much evidence as you can to back up your statements about the accident. You'll want to have a copy of the police report, any communication with your insurance company, pictures from the incident, and medical bills you have incurred. Note that if you were laid off from work due to the injury, you'll want to bring proof of this, as well, such as a letter or statement from your previous employer. Understand that in addition to being entitled to compensation for emotional damages, you may also be able to claim compensation for lost wages.

3. An attorney understands

Sometimes dealing with a personal injury can be an isolating experience. You might feel like you're all alone or like no one really understands. Fortunately, your attorney does understand. They know exactly just how difficult dealing with a car accident can be. Whether you need compensation to help repair your damaged vehicle or to cover medical bills as a result of the accident, your attorney wants you to have the best possible outcome. They'll work with you to help you get the compensation you deserve after your accident.

Reach out as soon as possible to speak with a lawyer who can help. The right attorney is waiting to help you with your case.