Things you should know before you are in an accident, Part 1 – Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers
We all have been in situations where we have thought afterwards ..”I wish I had known that before this happened” or “I only wish I had known”. Well in the world of personal injury we as lawyers hear that all the time. The following are things you should know before you are in an accident that will make your life less stressful and more able to deal with the events you have been forced to confront. These informational tips will help you understand what might confront you and how to best prepare yourself to minimize your stress and negative consequences . Whether you are confronted with a car crash, construction injury or any other type of injury which results from someone’s negligence these will help you. It does not matter whether your injuries include broken bones, lost wages ,scars ,brain injury or any other type of impairment these tips will ease your stress and help you to protect yourself from the trained representatives of insurance companies whose sole motivation is to minimize the amount they have to pay to save their companies money.
#1 ALWAYS REQUEST AN CRASH OR INCIDENT REPORT
If you are in a car crash, motorcycle or truck accident always call the police and wait for them so they can document the event with a crash report. If you are injured on the property of another ask for an incident report to be completed and ask for a copy of it before you leave. Even if you think you are not hurt seriously it is important to get the facts including date, time witnesses names and address etc.documented as soon as you can. It is not unusual for symptoms to appear hours or even days after an event. Always ask how you can get a copy of any report and do not sign unless you are given a copy of what you are asked to sign or at least told how you can obtain a copy. It is not unusual for someone to accept fault at the scene and try to get on their way without having a report prepared.Then later if they change their story the truth can be harder to ascertain and prove without a report .
If someone suggests they will take care of any damages on their own and ask you not to call the police, be sure to call the police. Exchanging names , addresses and insurance information does not guarantee that what you are given is accurate. This one precaution can save you much stress as you attempt to deal with the issues that confront you.