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How Accidents Occur and the Steps Needed to Protect Your Future

Although the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa boast of an average of 316 days of sunshine yearly, those golden days can turn sour when life interrupting personal injuries happen. During these times, it is good to have knowledgeable representation from a legal professional who is looking out for the best interests of the injured party. Honest people who have been hurt in accidents or through some kind of negligent act often mistakenly expect those who are responsible for their injuries to make things right in an honest manner. They are often appalled to find out that the insurance companies that they are dealing with are denying their claims, trying to limit the level of their liability and even delay their settlements. All of these things are done in an attempt to not pay what is rightfully owed to injured parties. They are hoping that accident victims do not have the presence of mind required to gather the information that they need to fight for deserved compensation. Here are some ways that accident victims can help their legal teams to prepare for battle against unsympathetic insurance companies and their careless clients.

Obtain Police Reports

Although many people have become less trustful of law enforcement agencies lately, one of the functions of police officers is to assess the causes of accidents, document their assessments and issue tickets appropriately. For example, a person who is rear ended by a drunk driver will likely get a copy of a police report that clears them of any wrong doing in the accident and specifies that a ticket was served to the person who was found driving under the influence of alcohol. The position that police officers hold lends credibility to their reports that can be used to establish personal injury cases for insurance settlements or law suits. Police reports can also be obtained for personal injury accidents that include accidental fires to buildings as well as incidences where owners of domesticated animals have bitten passersby.

Take Pictures

In this modern era, nearly every action that is conducted publicly is subject to surveillance. Government agencies now use cameras liberally in all major cities, and many Midland and Odessa residents are used to taking pictures that digitally document nearly all aspects of their lives. While privacy rights are still an issue, the scene of an accident is exactly the right setting in which to hone one's photography skills. Selfies of injuries and pictures of surrounding wreckage help legal teams, insurance companies and courts to assess the actual damage that occurred. Subsequently, these photographs can help all stakeholders to understand the basis for the requested award amounts. Legal professionals and their private investigators sometimes have connections with government agencies that allow them to gain access to available video footage of public areas to support their cases.

Locate Reputable Witnesses

When taking pictures of surrounding wreckage, accident victims should also pay attention to people who were near the location of the accident. Sometimes these people will offer to be witnesses when they have clearly seen accidents take place, but other people have to be asked if they saw the accident take place. It is important for accident victims to gain witnesses who are reputable. For example, a driver might stop to help people who were involved in a fresh accident. He or she might not have seen the incident occur, but their passengers might claim to have seen the whole drama play out. The accident victim is then relieved to have found a car full of witnesses until he or she realizes that the helpful driver who stopped was acting as the designated driver who was taking his drunk buddies home for the night.

Document Any Changes in Physical Condition

The goal of pursuing personal injury cases is to gain the funds needed to restore accident victims to a state of wholeness; healing is the objective. Subsequently, accident victims are advised to get medical examinations and to document their progress via personal health journals. It is wonderful when an injured party can confirm that torn muscles or broken bones are healing. When healing is slow or the physical condition of accident victims become progressively worse, a journal that documents their ailments along with confirmation from medical experts become valuable to their case. Accident victims often miss work because of their injuries, and they should obtain documentation from employers that confirm this. Legal professionals can use these documents when insurance companies delay offers of settlement and law suits are pending.

Conclusion

Nearly every personal injury case must be presented properly to gain deserved settlements or awards via a law suit, and lawyers like those at Doan Law Firm are ready to help residents of Midland and Odessa who have prospective personal injury claims. Although the burden of proof is on the injured party to show how they were injured and the extent of their injuries, accident victims can set themselves up to win by considering the steps that are described above.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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