When should I hire a lawyer after an accident?

After you are in a motor vehicle accident, the at fault party’s insurance company starts to act fast to try and ruin your claim. In order to fight for your rights in a motor vehicle accident, it is imperative that you preserve evidence right away. Types of evidence that are important to collect and/or preserve are: police reports, accident site photos (including photos of the car damage/skid marks/pavement damage, etc.), witness interviews and your medical records.

Our legal team will do most of the work for you in developing your claim but you can actively assist in preserving the evidence after the accident. If you are not critically injured and after calling 911, take pictures of the scene with your mobile phone to capture the conditions of the roadway, your injuries and the vehicles involved in the accident. Obtain any names and contact information of any victims, at-fault drivers and witnesses that you can. As soon as you can get the opportunity, write down everything you can remember about the accident while the details are still fresh in your mind.

After the initial collection phase of your claim, additional evidence will continue to accumulate throughout the course of your recovery. Anything that establishes the extent of your personal injuries and the ongoing impact the at-fault driver’s negligence has had on your life will be useful to building your case. So no matter how small it may seem, write the information down and share it with the team of attorneys here at Preston & Salango. Be sure to keep all of your medical records, bills and correspondence that results from your accident. Time cards and pay stubs will also assist you in establishing any lost wages you may be due. Use a notebook to keep a running diary of your injury status and its impact on your life.

If you or your loved one has recently been a victim of a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Preston & Salango have experience representing victims of motor vehicle accidents. We know motor vehicle law and how to navigate our client’s case through the legal system to increase the chance of a full and fair recovery. Call Toll-Free 304-902-4266 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated and experienced personal injury attorney at Preston & Salango to discuss your case.

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