Happy April-Is-Car-Care-Awareness Month
Car crashes are overwhelmingly caused by (you guessed it) human error. As people, we allow distractions and risky choices to get in the way of safe driving. This is one of the reasons that new automated vehicle safety features—like automatic emergency braking (AEB), for one—are so compelling, but in the meantime we have to focus on taking care of ourselves and our cars.
The fledgling autonomous car industry was dealt a serious setback after a female pedestrian was hit and killed by a driverless sports utility vehicle in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe on Sunday night.
In our last post, we told you what to do after a car accident. Now, we’re going to dive deeper into the smell of asphalt; the crumpled bumpers; the expressions of dull horror—specifically, we’re going to talk about gathering information and taking pictures as the dust settles.
The better your evidence, the better your chances for recovering compensation for your injuries, vehicle damage, and aggravation. By “evidence” we mean photos. Lots of photos.
No matter how carefully you drive or how observant you are on the road, you can find yourself involved in a car accident. And there is no sugar-coating it. Car accidents are dangerous and stressful situations that often have a long-lasting impact on those involved. At Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, we have worked with hundreds of clients involved in car accidents. That experience has taught us that every auto accident has its own unique set of facts and circumstances. As cliché as it sounds, car accidents are like snowflakes–no two are exactly alike. That is why you need an experienced car accident attorney to work with you to best develop your case.
After an accident, the steps to take to preserve your claim can be confusing. We have outlined the steps to assist you during this difficult time:
Seek Medical Attention
Seek medical attention immediately if you are injured. Even if you do not think you are injured, it is always wise to get examined anyway as symptoms may not manifest immediately. Insurance companies attempt to minimize claims when there is a gap in treatment. Keep a detailed record of the doctors you visit and the tests performed.
In May of this year, the first reported fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S on Autopilot occurred in Florida. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun investigating the matter to determine whether the Autopilot system worked according to promises and expectations.
It is widely understood that if you are rear-ended, the person who rear-ended you is at fault. This is especially the case if you were stopped in traffic, or waiting for a light to change. However, it is not uncommon for the at fault driver’s insurance company to deny or otherwise dispute your claim. In which case, you may need to fight for the compensation you deserve. The following tips can help you make your case better:
If you are ever a victim of a car accident, taking photographs of the scene can be very effective evidence in your personal injury claim. In fact, well-taken photographs can make the difference between a strong case and a weak one.
Photographs not only provide clear and obvious evidence of what occurred, but also reveal subtle details that may have been overlooked by police and witnesses. They can be used to reconstruct the accident scene and convince the insurance company of your side of the story.
In most personal injury cases, there are several theories of liability. However, well-taken photographs can eliminate doubt and assign liability forcing insurance companies to settle your claim.
The following are some tips when taking photographs of a car accident scene:
- Take as many photographs as possible as this will increase your chances of getting the perfect pictures
- Take panoramic and wide shots from several angles to get an overall view of the scene
- Photograph the other cars involved in the accident so their proximity to the actual accident spot and other vehicles involved can be determined
- Photograph damaged objects like guardrails, stop signs, trees and other stationary objects along the roadway
- Photograph traffic signals, stop signs or yield signs which can be tied to the at-fault driver that lead to the accident
- Take photographs of the damage done to your car at different angles (also try to get your license plate in the picture if possible to confirm the damage is to your car)
- Take photographs of the damage to other vehicles involved in the accident
- Take pictures of broken glass or any other debris resulting from the accident
- Take pictures of skid marks. Often times a negligent driver will try to avoid an accident by slamming on his/her brakes
- Photograph the police and ambulance on scene. If anyone is loaded up on a gurney and put in the back of an ambulance, get a shot of that as well
- Take photographs of the participants and any witnesses as this will help connect faces to statements when preparing your personal injury claim
- Photograph injuries sustained by you, the at-fault driver passengers and any by standers. Try to capture graphic images of any blood, lacerations, contusions, bruises or broken bones
- Take photographs of any latent injuries that develop after the accident, and add them to your collection
Taking good photos is only a part of building a compelling case. Getting a trusted and experienced car accident attorney is another. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call an experienced car accident attorney at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC at 618.641.9189 | 314.312.2930 | email@example.com
Illinois Appellate Court finds Insurance Company responsible to pay its underinsured benefits following rental car accident.
Underinsured motorist coverage? What is it? Do you have it? Do you pay for it? Underinsured motorist coverage is rarely discussed, but, when it is, it usually means that a traumatic accident or injury has occurred.
Underinsured motorist coverage protects you if you are in an accident with a driver whose insurance policy limits are too low to cover your damages or medical expenses. For example, if you are in an accident with someone who has Illinois minimum coverage, only $25,000, and you suffer serious physical injuries, there is a high likelihood that your medical bills will exceed his insurance. This is when your underinsured motorist coverage kicks in to help pay for your medical treatments and your pain and suffering.
A car accident can happen to anyone. When it does, few people know what to do! Often people get out of their vehicles, have a brief exchange, even yell at each other and drive away. Sometimes they don’t realize that valuable witnesses to the accident may be disappearing down the street, or that their emotional exchanges could be used against them in court.
There are a few things you should and shouldn’t do immediately after a car accident if you were injured due to the fault of someone else. To ensure you have all the information you need to file an injury claim, protect its value, get more compensation even after fees, and save yourself a lot of stress, take the following step
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