Although most of what is recorded in a police report cannot be used in
court, it is a great negotiating tool. Keep in mind that most personal
injury cases are settled rather than go to trial. A favorable police report
can be instrumental in bringing you a quick and generous recovery for
your injuries. As we all know, cops can be a mixed bag. However, (in an
accident situation) I have found most police to be fair in their assessment
of fault. This is especially true of the motorcycle cop.
This is not the time to show how macho you are. After the actual collision,
take a few minutes to check yourself out. The initial shock may numb you
as to how injured you really are. Remember, the human body is not made
to be bounced off the ground. It is a good idea (and will aid in showing
the validity of your case) to get checked out at the local emergency room
(hospital) or by your own doctor. Be sure to explain all your pains to
the doctor so he or she can make a complete evaluation and treat you appropriately
for the injuries.
When you are contacted by the insurance company, (which is usually immediately
- even right at your hospital bed) tell the adjuster you don't wish
to give a statement at that time. Even if your statement seems favorable
to you, the insurance company would have lots of time to pick out the flaws.
Keep in mind that the adjuster's job is to save the insurance company
money and, therefore, any money offered as a "fair settlement"
will usually only be fair to the insurance company.
CALL A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
The first 24 hours after an accident are crucial for your case. An immediate
investigation should be started including photographs showing your injuries,
the accident scene and the involved vehicles. Statements from witnesses
and the other driver should be gotten as soon as possible. The police
report should be requested and an inspection of the point of impact for
skid marks and other material evidence should be made. You will notice
that I advised you to call an attorney who specializes in personal injury.
The law, as with medicine, is highly specialized, and you are entitled
to be represented by an attorney who is best qualified to obtain a maximum
recovery for your damages. A quick call to the attorney entitles you to
the following services:
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