To guard against overly-aggressive insurance adjusters and attorneys, you need a seasoned Ohio personal injury attorney like Tom Diehl. His practice focuses exclusively on motor vehicle accidents, so he knows how to get results for his clients. From investigating facts to retaining expert witnesses, he will build a strong case for compensation — and will negotiate or litigate your case to get the money that you deserve.
You can assist your attorney in this process beginning right after the accident. If you are able, collect evidence of the accident. This could include police accident reports, contact information for the other driver, a list of witnesses to the accident, photographs of the accident scene and hospital and ambulance records. You should also write down your account of what happened as soon as possible. A narrative of the accident made while your memory is fresh can be an important tool for your attorney, particularly if it includes key facts like what time certain events occurred, what the weather conditions were like and if the other driver said anything.
Do Not Talk to the Negligent Driver
It is often tempting to talk to the other driver after an accident; you have been through a difficult experience, and you may want to hash out what happened. Avoid this impulse, and do not speak to the other driver or their insurance representative about the accident. Even if you have the best intentions, you may inadvertently say something that could be damaging to your case. Explain that you will be hiring an attorney and he will handle the process. This will maximize your chances of a full recovery.
Finally, even if you do not think that you were badly hurt, consider getting medical attention promptly. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and a thorough evaluation by a doctor can help you be diagnosed and treated promptly. If you do not go to a doctor or hospital shortly after an accident, the insurance company may claim that you weren’t really injured — or that you made your medical problems worse by waiting to seek treatment.
It is important for both your own health and your legal case to see a medical professional as soon as possible after your Ohio car accident. Your next step after that would be to contact an attorney immediately. We serve much of Southwestern Ohio, including the communities of Lebanon, Hillsboro, Hamilton, and Wilmington.