A Guide to Maximizing Your Car Accident Settlement
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 08, 2010 in Auto Accidents
Auto accidents occur on a daily basis in and around Phoenix. Generally, an auto accident will result in one party being found more at fault for the result than the other. For those who were not at fault in an auto accident and who have suffered damages, it can be difficult to understand how to properly move forward in a manner that will maximize your car accident settlement. While every situation like this one should involve help and advice from an experienced Phoenix auto accident attorney, below you'll find some basic steps you should take if you want to provide yourself with the best opportunity to maximize your auto accident settlement.
Step One - Seek Medical Attention
Immediately after an auto accident in which you've been injured, you should make sure to obtain a full medical evaluation, even if you don't feel that your injuries are serious. Some injuries that are extremely dangerous may not show themselves by way of outward symptoms immediately after they occur, and others can be more severe than they seem.
Therefore, you need to be safe as opposed to sorry and make sure that your injuries are accounted for. You should also do what you can to obtain any and all documentation pertaining to your medical treatment, including any written prognosis that your doctor provides.
Step Two - Gather the Evidence
After you've obtained the necessary medical attention, you need to make sure that you have as much information gathered as possible. Compile any documents that contain the name and insurance carrier of the other driver in the accident, the name of the police officer who filed the accident report and the names of any witnesses who provided the police with a statement.
You should also keep any and all documentation that's sent between you and your insurance company or the other driver's insurance company.
Step Three - Contact a Phoenix Attorney
Finally, after you've made the effort to obtain as much information as possible, you need to contact an experienced Phoenix auto accident attorney. This is as step you should take before you provide any statements to any of the insurance companies involved, as you'll need to fully understand your legal rights before you make a mistake that could harm your prospects of securing a justified settlement.
In addition, you should not hesitate to contact a Phoenix auto accident attorney if you cannot locate all of the relevant information. If you retain a personal injury attorney, he or she will be able to gather that information for you. If any of this sounds familiar, contact the Phoenix auto accident attorneys at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.