If you have been injured in a car accident, you have the right to pursue an injury claim against the liable party or parties. However, you should not instigate the pursuit of damages before confirming that the potential outcome will be worth it. Here are some of the signs that should tell you your case is worth pursuing.
You Got Prompt Medical Care
Apart from the obvious reason of caring for your health, there are two other main reasons you should seek prompt medical care after a car accident. First, it helps you to mitigate your damages and ensures that the defendant cannot accuse you of having contributed to your injuries by delaying medical attention. Secondly, it helps in the valuation of your overall damages because medical bills are a major part of car accident damages. Therefore, getting prompt medical care that shows the extent of your injuries is good for your case.
The Driver Was Charged With Criminal Misconduct
If the driver that caused the accident has been charged with criminal misconduct, then that's a strong indication that they are probably guilty of having caused the accident. A classic example is if you are injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, and they have been charged with DUI (driving under the influence). In fact, you may be able to use the driver's criminal conviction as evidence in your pursuit of damages.
Witnesses to the Accident Support Your Claim
You also know you have a strong claim on your hands if there were witnesses at the accident scene and they support your claims. For instance, if you are claiming that you were injured by a drunk driver, your case is supported if you have witnesses whose testimonies show that the driver was indeed intoxicated.
You Have Been Keeping Records of the Accident
Your auto accident claim will also receive a boost if you have been keeping records of your accident from the day it occurred. This includes medical records, your personal observations, contacts for witnesses, and even your injuries' progress. The records will help refresh your memory and provide evidence for your claim.
The Police Report Supports Your Claim
The police report is not the ultimate judge on who is liable for the accident. However, it contains a preliminary assessment of liability that can be of great help if it supports your claim. In such a case, it is the other party's responsibility to try and refute the police's claim, which is rarely easy.
Contact an accident attorney for further assistance.