Nobody expects to be involved in a crash. Yet, it can happen to anyone at any time on the road. While we can do our best to avoid dangerous drivers, we can't always control the outcome.
If you were recently involved in a crash, it could have been because another driver was distracted or inattentive. It could have been due to drunk driving, speeding, aggressive driving or drowsy driving.
Drivers who behave negligently on the road, then cause a crash, rarely ever admit to fault. Occasionally, a driver may admit to police that he or she was texting, driving while tired or speeding. Most car accident cases require a thorough investigation from an experienced attorney.
Why you should never attempt to handle your claim alone
A car accident can be expensive. You may be faced with medical expenses and costs to repair your car. In addition, you may not be able to work and earn a paycheck until you recover from your injuries. You may also be dealing with emotional trauma and mental anguish from your crash.
If you attempt to handle your claim on your own, it's unlikely that you will fully receive the compensation you deserve to cover your losses. In addition, you may not be able to get compensation for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of someone else's negligence.
That's because the insurance company that represents the at-fault driver will likely do everything in its power to pay you as little as possible, or nothing at all. Insurance companies look for any leverage they can use against you. They may contact you and try to get you to agree to a recorded conversation. They may also ask you a bunch of trick questions that seem harmless. Your answers can be construed as admitting to fault, even if you're not aware of it.
In order to avoid any confusion and legal issues surrounding your claim, it's best to avoid speaking to the other driver's insurance company altogether. Instead, speak to an experienced car accident attorney who can deal with them on your behalf.
What evidence can be used to prove negligence?
When your attorney launches an in-depth investigation into your crash, the following key pieces of evidence may be collected to support your claim:
- How the crash occurred. A crash reconstruction expert may examine the crash scene to determine how it occurred.
- Witness statements. When a witness statement is offered, it's no longer your word against the other driver's.
- Video footage. It can be tricky to obtain video footage since cameras are not everywhere and sometimes the footage can be recorded over. It can be obtained from nearby surveillance cameras or from the dash cams of witnesses.
- Checking electronic records. Your attorney may get a subpoena for the at-fault driver's cellphone records and check his or her social media postings. This can indicate if a driver was distracted at the time of a crash.
- The police report. The police report may indicate the suspected cause of the crash, including tire marks, the weather conditions, traffic conditions and the behavior of the at-fault driver. If a DUI arrest was made, that will be documented in the police report.
Contact a Philadelphia attorney to get started
If you were involved in a crash, it's important that you see a doctor as soon as possible for a medical evaluation. You should then speak to an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney at The Hanamirian Firm, PC to discuss your legal options.
We offer free and confidential case evaluations to our clients and operate on a contingency fee basis. Contact us online to get started on your claim.