If you or a loved one have been in a serious car crash, you’re probably feeling pretty overwhelmed. You are facing car repairs, hospital visits, and of course, lots of questions from your insurance company. In the midst of all this turmoil, remember one simple rule: save everything!
Save Pictures of the Car Crash
If you are not too seriously injured, and you can do so safely, pull out your cell phone and take pictures of the accident while you are still on the scene. If that is not an option, ask to see the car at the repair shop and take your pictures there. Even though the police will document the crash, it can sometimes be difficult to get a hold of those pictures. If you have good pictures of the car crash, your lawyer can use them to help the jury understand how bad the accident was, and even help explain the pain you suffered.
Save Your Receipts
The Michigan No Fault Insurance Act requires your car insurance provider to pay for all your medical expenses. That includes everything from aspirin, to surgeries, to transportation costs getting you to and from your doctors’ appointments. But in order to get those benefits, you have to be able to prove the expense. That’s why it is so important to save your receipts. Your attorney will help you fit all those pieces together and get you your full recovery.
Save Everything From Your Insurance Company
Once your insurance company gets involved, you will likely receive lots of paperwork. Your lawyer needs to see each and every piece. An explanation of benefits or a letter summarizing your claim may seem unimportant, but it could be essential to your case. If anyone from your insurance company calls you, make sure you take careful notes about what they said, and tell them right away that you have a lawyer and they should be talking to him or her. Your lawyer is your shield between you and your insurance company and he or she can’t do the job unless they know what the company has to say.
There is a lot to think about after a car crash. Medical decisions, property damage, and insurance questions can pile up and leave you feeling overwhelmed. But by saving everything and bringing your lawyer into the conversation early, you can make your life easier later on.
The attorneys and legal assistants at Christensen Law are specially trained to sift through your piles of paperwork and find the pieces that will close your case. Car accident attorney David Christensen has been representing car crash victims for over 20 years, and will help walk you through the process. To talk to a lawyer about your serious car accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.