A car accident injury claim can help a victim harmed in a vehicle collision to recover financial compensation for medical expenses and possibly damages.

There are several types of vehicular collisions that may prompt a car accident injury claim. One prevalent category is product liability cases. This type of case is based on defective or malfunctioning equipment such as brakes, air bags, gas tanks, seat belts, and more.

Pedestrian accidents often cause outrage, but are not always the motorist’s fault. People who traverse roads and highways on foot are subject to traffic rules of their own. They must generally yield to motorized vehicles when crossing a street, must walk on sidewalks on the right side of the street or, in absence of sidewalks, should walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.

The first step after any major collision is to notify law enforcement. Even if only minor harm is immediately recognizable, it is important to obtain a police report. The report generally outlines what happened, lists names and contact information of involved parties, and documents the accident investigator’s opinion of who was at fault.

Following the crash, insurance companies must be contacted and vehicle repairs may have to be scheduled. People involved in a vehicular collision should save all receipts of medical and repair expenses to help support a car accident injury claim later.

The most qualified professionals to handle such legal action are personal injury attorneys who are experienced in auto accident cases. A capable lawyer will fight insurance companies, and if applicable, other motorists involved to defend a client’s rights to compensation and possible damages. Compensation may come from a number of sources, and a great attorney will pursue all possible avenues.

The more accident documentation a client can provide, the better. In addition to police reports, photos, emails to and from insurance adjusters, and all forms of correspondence among parties involved should be saved and shared with the attorney.

Failure to act quickly and decisively in the wake of an auto collision could negatively impact the outcome and compensation amount received in a car accident injury claim. The claims adjuster, and likely the personal injury attorney as well, will review crash details and also take note of the following factors:

Police report: Do investigating officers confirm the statements in the report? Can police substantiate the claimant’s injuries? Did the plaintiff obtain a copy of the reports?
Medical attention: How quickly – if at all — did the plaintiff seek medical attention?
Pre-existing conditions: Are any of the claimant’s conditions pre-existing?
Citations: Was anyone cited or arrested in the wake of the crash?
Statements: People involved in vehicle collisions tend to speak under extreme emotional distress. An insurance adjuster may nevertheless probe into statements made to other passengers, motorists or bystanders.
Photographs: The adjuster will take a good look at images recorded at the crash scene.
Witnesses: Adjuster will interview bystanders, passengers, and other motorists about what they saw.

The quicker the plaintiff seeks medical attention, procures documentation, and contacts a qualified attorney, the greater the chance of a successful car accident injury claim. A successful claim can result in fair compensation for medical bills and additional damages, such as lost income, quality of life, pain and suffering, and more.