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How to Prepare for Civil Court for an Accident Claim
Car accidents are an unfortunate reality, and that means many people face dangerous traffic situations and even accidents. Because cars are widely used, thousands of these accidents happen every year, and unfortunately, you may be one of those accident victims.
While it is not an uncommon phenomenon, a car accident can have a sudden and extreme impact on your life. Injuries and sudden, unexpected expenses can make the aftermath of the experience almost as overwhelming as the incident itself.
So, how can you prepare yourself for civil court after an accident claim? What steps can you take to ensure that you are protecting your best interests? The Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg is available to answer any and all of your questions.
What to Do Following a Car Accident
Immediately following your accident, the most important thing to do is take care of yourself. Car accidents range in severity, but in any case, they are a leading cause of injuries in America. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If the accident is moderate to severe, it is likely that emergency services have already been contacted, and you should be able to receive care from an EMT. If the accident is more minor, however, and emergency services are not called, it is up to you to seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel injured, be sure to seek medical care as soon as possible.
Aside from taking care of your health, it is important to get checked out so that you can have an official record of the effects of the accident on your body. This is valuable in court so that the other party cannot attempt to claim that your injuries occurred from something other than your accident.
Evidence to Collect for Civil Court
The more thorough you can be in the information-gathering process, the better.
If you are physically able, get out of the vehicle and collect contact information from the other drivers and any witnesses. If police are called, be sure to get information from any officers on the scene and request a copy of the police incident report after the report is filed.
Take as many photos as you can of the scene, from as many angles as possible. Below are samples of evidence you may need to photograph:
- Damaged areas on any of the cars involved
- Positions of involved vehicles
- Physical evidence of the crash
- Surveillance footage
- Signage and traffic lights
Even if you don’t think it’s useful, it’s better to snap a photo and have more than you need.
Reach Out to a Reliable Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered a car accident in Wisconsin, know that there are resources available to you. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence and help you prepare to take your accident claim to civil court.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg are ready to connect with you today. We don’t charge fees for our services until your case is won, starting with a free consultation. Call 414-271-7007 today or fill out the following online contact form to discuss all your options.