According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 2.35 million Americans sustain injuries in motor-vehicle collisions annually. The vast majority of these injuries occur in preventable accidents that arise as a result of distracted, reckless, or drunk driving.
If you sustained serious injuries in an accident with a negligent motorist, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages. In order for your claim to be successful, you or your attorney will have to gather the necessary evidence to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages.
Recovering fair compensation in a personal injury claim often involves an uphill legal battle. The car accident lawyers at Laborde Earles Law Firm have the knowledge and litigation experience to help you fight for the maximum payout.
We have recovered more than $200 million for our clients in successful settlements and verdicts. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge.
Let’s take a look at four types of evidence your attorney may use to support your claim:
- The Police Report
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It is imperative that you call the police immediately after any collision because you will need the police report to file your claim. Even if you do not believe that you were seriously injured, you should still call law enforcement. Some car accident injuries take several days or even weeks to show symptoms, and if you do not have a police report, it is likely that the insurance company or at-fault driver will dispute your claim.
- Photographs of the Scene
Pictures of the crash scene can tell the story of how the accident unfolded. Your attorney may use them to prove negligence and liability.
Capture photographs of the scene from different angles. Be sure to take pictures that show property damage, injuries, skid marks, traffic signs, the positions of vehicles, and the road conditions.
- Witness Testimonies
Your lawyer may use testimonies from eyewitnesses and accident reconstruction experts to prove negligence and liability. Also, testimonies from medical and financial experts may be helpful for proving the extent and value of your damages.
- Medical Records
Your medical records will contain pertinent details about your injuries, diagnoses, and treatments. These will be essential for proving the value of your damages and tying your injuries to the accident.
You should save all receipts associated with the costs of recovering. These include copay fees, prescription costs, and even the cost of traveling to and from appointments.
If you were injured by a negligent driver and you intend to file a personal injury claim, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge.