Every year during the holidays, the likelihood of injury because of a car accident increases because of holiday traffic during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
Every person with a driver’s license is granted one on the trust and evidence that they are responsible enough to drive on our public streets. It’s each driver’s duty to follow the rules of the road and watch out for other drivers, pedestrians, animals, and obstacles. When a person fails to comply or is negligent in their driving behavior, accidents can happen, and sometimes they’re very serious and affect innocent victims, leaving them with consequences they don’t deserve.
Ryan is passionate about representing victims who have been injured by the negligence or carelessness of others. That’s why he fights to help victims recover from the physical, mental, emotional, and financial anguish they’ve been left to deal with.
If a negligent driver has caused an accident that brought you harm, you have every right to seek compensation for damages. In order to do so, it’s important to have evidence of your injury and how the accident has negatively impacted you. Here are some tips to follow that will help build your case:
- Exchange information with the other driver and gather witness accounts. If it’s safe to do so, get as much information as you can regarding the accident, such as the other driver’s insurance and contact information, the contact information of officers who arrive on scene, accounts from witnesses, and license plate numbers. It’s very important to not admit fault or make statements about how the accident occurred at this time.
- Go to the hospital or make an immediate doctor appointment. Even if you believe that your injuries are minor, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Personal injury case aside, some injuries may not begin to affect you until hours or days after your accident, and it’s better to be safe than sorry for your health’s sake. When you do go to the doctor, keep a record of your visit through receipts, doctors notes, prescriptions, etc. and make sure you hold onto them until your case is over.
- Keep records of everything. Over the coming months, keep track of the physical, mental, and financial impact the accident has had on you, such as needing to pay for rideshare rides like Uber, Lyft, or taxi; rental cars you needed to rent; auto repair costs; and other accommodations you needed to make for transportation as well as any lost wages from missing work after the accident, mental health counseling appointments, and any other measure required of you in order to try to live a normal life.
With excessive holiday traffic, road closures, and construction going on this season, it’s up to drivers and pedestrians to keep each other safe. Please watch out for each other and always be attentive and alert! Give us a call at 956-686-9600 to learn more about seeking compensation after an accident.