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What to do if you or a loved one is Injured

Automobile Accident / Pedestrian Accident Checklist

There are over 3 million injuries a year from transportation accidents and around 40,000 fatalities. Over 35% of fatalities are alcohol related. An even higher percentage of injuries are the result of driver error and negligence.

Sometimes injuries may be directly or indirectly the result of mechanical or other defects affecting automobiles or component parts. Defective tires, brakes, steering, and seatbelts can have devastating consequences and victims and their families need aggressive representation to protect their rights.

Our lawyers are available to represent those injured in auto, motorcycle, trucking and pedestrian accidents and in all cases including wrongful death and aim to maximize the recovery for their clients.

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If you were the driver, are you the owner of the vehicle?

If you are the owner of the vehicle, does your automobile insurance limit liability?

If you are the owner of the vehicle, does your automobile insurance limit uninsured motorist coverage?

If you are the owner of the vehicle, does your automobile insurance limit medical payment benefits?

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If yes, do you know how to contact these witnesses?

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If yes, were you taken to the hospital by ambulance?

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Were you employed at the time of the accident?

If yes, has a worker's compensation claim been opened?

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Please Note: Statutes of limitation exist which limit the time period in which a case can be brought to trial. As such, it is important to know exactly when and where the incident occured.

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What to do if you or a loved one is Injured:

Gather and document any material or other evidence and obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses and that of involved parties. This information may be crucial both for establishing the liability of the negligent parties as well as for proving the nature, extent and causation of injuries. Injury claims in which this critical evidence has been preserved are almost invariably easier to settle at full value. If the claim requires litigation, this evidence becomes even more critical to a successful outcome.

When a qualified attorney takes on a personal injury claim, the attorney will promptly begin to collect all the evidence that may be relevant to the claim. The earlier this is done, the better off the case will be. If the injured person has already begun to put this information together, this will quite helpful.

Since the nature of many pieces of evidence may not be obvious to the non-attorney and many victims may be shaken by the experience,we suggesst using the following checklists to help you protect yourself from having crucial evidence lost or destroyed. Since every case is unique, these lists can't include every type of evidence possible. Rather, these are intended to describe the most common pieces of evidence needed for successful resolution of a personal injury claim. Collecting as much of this evidence as early on as you can will give both you and your attorney a significant advantage in resolving your claim promptly and at maximium value.

Automobile Accident / Motorcycle / Pedestrian Accident Checklist

After the insurance and driver's license information has been exchanged, most laypeople have the misunderstanding that evidence gathering and preservation has concluded. This, however, is not the case. Here are some tips that you can use to ensure that you have maximized your potential for recovery through evidence preservation.

License Plate Information

  • Following an accident, the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to copy down the license plate number of the other vehicle involved.
  • Sometimes the person driving the car does not own the car. You may think that you have protected yourself by obtaining the driver's license information of the other driver, but this is often not sufficient. By writing down both the driver's information and the license plate of the vehicle, you have worked to more thoroughly protect yourself and ensure that you have obtained all the information that you might need in the event of litigation.
  • If a police officer has come to the accident scene, be sure to ask if a report of the accident will be prepared and where and when it will be available. If the officer does not intend to prepare a report, be sure to request the officer's name and badge number for later contact.
  • Take pictures of your vehicle as soon as possible. Take pictures from all angles, not just the damaged portions.
  • If possible, take pictures of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident.
  • Take pictures of the surrounding area to preserve the way it looked at the time of accident.
  • Take pictures of the surrounding location and roadway for any physical damage, skid marks, or debris.
  • If you or someone in your vehicle sustained a visible injury: i.e, bruise, cut, scrape, or stitches, take photograph(s) of the injury to preserve the state of the injury at the time of the injury.
  • Feel free to take as many photographs of what you think may, no matter how trivial, be important to the accident. Your attorney will decide what is and what is not important.
  • If you were a pedestrian, take photos of the crosswalk or the location where you crossed at street or where you were standing, walking, jogging, at the time of your accident.
Statements of Witness(es)
  • Take the name, address and telephone number of any potential witness and save this information someplace where it will not be lost.
  • Return to the accident scene, visit any nearby homes or business for any potential witness(es) to the accident.
  • Revisit the scene of the accident several times at the same time at which the accident took place. Some people may have a habit of visiting, stopping, driving, etc, by the location of the accident as part of their normal daily routine. You may able to find a witness.
  • If you have obtained witness information, do not contact or speak to the witness(es) again. Do not try to solicit a written statement and/or drawing from the witness. Let your attorney contact any possible witness(es).
Property Damage
  • After taking photographs of your damaged vehicle, take the vehicle for a repair estimate as soon as possible. You are not obligated to use a repair facility recommended by an insurance company to have repairs done, but it generally won't hurt to get estimates from recommended garages.
  • Obtain written and dated repair estimates from a minimum of two repair facilities, at least one of which you selected without insurance company suggestion.