Any time you are in an accident you must take steps to protect your rights after the fact. Without adequate evidence, it can be difficult to prove your version of the facts. Failing to act quickly can cause you to miss important deadlines, or to overlook relevant facts. In order to protect yourself after a car accident, call a personal injury attorney with experience prosecuting injury claims.
The first thing you need to do is to preserve the evidence. You can do this by:
- Taking photos of the accident scene, including any damage to your car.
- Call the police and give them a report of what happened, and then get a copy of the officer’s written account of events.
- Visit a doctor, for treatment of your injuries.
- Report the accident to the insurance company for the other driver, and make a claim for compensation for your injuries.
- File a case on time, so you don’t find yourself in the position of not being able to do so later.
You have six years after the accident happens to sue the other driver. This does not mean your case will take six years, nor does it mean you are required to file a lawsuit. A common strategy is to take the time needed to receive the medical care you need, and to present that evidence to the negligent party’s insurance carrier. When you have the time to go to the doctor as frequently as needed to completely heal, you can then present a clear picture of the accident and request reimbursement. If you are unable to reach an agreement after proving your injuries to the insurance adjuster, you can then take the step of filing a lawsuit. A well timed legal filing can put you in a position to receive the compensation you deserve. We make sure you do not miss the filing deadline, and this is the best way to protect your rights after an accident.
If you have been in an accident and suffered personal injuries, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.