Automobile accidents are, unfortunately, a part of modern life. Thanks to modern car safety technology like crumple zones and airbags, cars are nowhere near as dangerous as they used to be. That does not mean that people are not being injured, however. According to statistics gathered by the National Safety Council, 4.4 million people were injured in automobile crashes and required medical attention in the United States in 2019.
In many cases, accidents on the road are due to the negligence of one party. Injuries resulting from a car crash are myriad. Anything from whiplash to a spinal cord injury can seriously affect your ability to live and work. Getting injured in America is an expensive business. Because of the private healthcare system, American’s have to pay lots more than people in other nations for any medical care that is not covered by their insurance. If you are seriously injured, doctors will give you care whether or not you have insurance – but you’ll be given a hefty bill.
For this reason, many Americans find it necessary to seek legal compensation for car accidents that were not their fault that lead to personal injury. It can be a rather complex process unless you have a competent guide. Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started.
Report And Record
It is extremely important that you record and report as much as possible about your car accident. If you are able to, take photos of the site, record your calls with the ambulance and police and save any medical bills or doctor’s notes you receive. Of course, if you are injured, you might not be able to do all of these things, but the more evidence you have, the stronger your case for compensation will be.
Find The Right Lawyer
Not all law firms specialize in auto injury claims. Take a sift through the past cases of any lawyers that offer you their services. If they have not won any similar cases, politely tell them that you will not be hiring them. Specialist personal injury legal practice is essential for negotiating settlements.
Try And Settle Out Of Court
Around 90 percent of civil cases are settled before ever reaching the courtroom in the United States. This is undoubtedly a good thing. If you have a good case and a competent lawyer, most parties will agree that court costs too much and is too much hassle.
Don’t Post Online About Injuries (Or Apparent Lack Thereof)
If your case does make it to court, prepare to be cross-examined. Your social media history could be presented as evidence that your life has not been negatively affected by your injury. Avoid posting about your accident or about your daily life until the case has been settled completely. It is frustrating to have to shy away from your public life, but it could be the difference between a successful outcome and an expensive failure. Do yourself a favor and stay off the socials!