Making Road Accident Law Work To Your Benefit
Road accidents, the concept alone is traumatizing. Any individual, who has survived a road accident, will tell you that the effects of such an experience are both mental as physical. In most cases, the outside world can only see the physical effects in the form of injuries, the resulting stitches, surgeries and so on. The mental effects, sometimes be far more devastating than the physical ones, as they cannot be measured. No one can tell how a simple run in with an oncoming vehicle might affect them.
Effect Of Accidents
Some folks might swear off never going in a vehicle again for the fear of accidents. For instance, anybody who has ever been in an aeroplane which had an emergency landing, will try to avoid air travel as much as possible. The chances of an airline accident are already low. On top of that, the same person having to live through successive air accidents are even less. Yet, some people would decide to avoid plane based travel completely. We are only sharing this example so that you realize that, if you are ever in an accident, then you should get ready to ask for compensation that reflects two types of damages – physical and mental.
There are two different parties that you will find yourself arguing with. You will find yourself with the insurance if they are compensating to the extent that you feel is right. You will find yourself going head to head with the accident causing party, who also feel that you are asking for too much, in terms of compensation. There are simple things that you can do to ensure that you get what you deserve.
Site Of Accident
Depending on how bad or worse the accident is, you may or may not be in a position to do some of the things we expect you to do. Assuming that you are in your senses when the unfortunate accident happens, the first thing to do is to collect evidence about your vehicle and the other vehicle that is involved in the accident.
Information about your vehicle will include who you were travelling with. Were you the driver? Were you just a passenger? Your vehicle information. Similar information has to be gathered about the other vehicle, like the license plate number, who was the driver. Other information that you may want to collect is the location of the accident and the time. Another thing to do is to get the contact information of the local police and any cases that were lodged as part of the accident. You may collect this information the moment accident happens or you can wait till you are okay.
Alternatively, you can ask someone else to collect this information. All of this will be useful to the police who will be looking into the accident. Eventually, if the matter should reach the court of the law, then it will be useful to your lawyer as well. Of course, the same information can be shared with the parties you will be negotiating the compensation with, namely the insurance company as well as the accident causing vehicle owner.
Another thing to do is to gather some witnesses. Sometimes, accidents happen when there is no one else at the point of action, except for you and the other party. However, if the accident happens at a site with witnesses, get the contact information of the folks who might be available at the scene of the accident. Some of them might have actually helped you when the accident happened. If not for anything else, at least to thank them later, get their contact information.
If you have done everything you are supposed to do when the accident happened, usually you won’t run into any problems with your negotiations for compensation. If you do, engage an accident lawyer. They will begin by negotiating with the lawyers of the other party. If the negotiation fails, they will advise you on the best way to go forward.
Accident lawyers have a lot of skills that you and I don’t have. For instance, they can compare your accident with other similar cases that they have handled. They can compile this information and give an opinion about the compensation you are demanding. If it is outrageous then they will reason with you and help you come up with the appropriate amount. We strongly suggest that you agree with the lawyer, if only because he is the expert here. If you disagree, the lawyer would still argue on behalf of you, but the case may not be a guaranteed success at that point of time.