Accidents happen, and sometimes they can't be avoided. However, if you know that an auto accident that occurred while you were a passenger in a vehicle happened because the driver was reckless, get a personal injury lawyer. You shouldn't have a lifetime of injuries and stress or disability because someone else decided that they want to be reckless and irresponsible and because they weren't driving properly. Here are some of the things to talk with the lawyer about.
What You Remember About the Accident
If your head was injured or you were knocked unconscious from the accident, it may be difficult for you to remember everything that happened. Make sure that you try to document what you remember happened or that you record your account of what happened so you have that as your own statement for the case. Talk with your lawyer so they can see if you can remember the person speeding, swerving, texting, or doing something else.
Evidence From the Accident
There should be different types of evidence from the accident. The different forms of evidence to have for your lawyer, if you have access to them, include:
- Images of the vehicle after the accident
- Pictures of your injuries
- A police report
- Statements from eyewitnesses
These are just some of the things that you may want. Your lawyer will have their own requirements and methods of gathering evidence. A black box data recorder that is in vehicles may also be helpful, but to get the information from that box, you may need a court order.
Details of your injury will be the most important components of the case. If you have injuries that are permanent, paralyzing, life-altering, and may never heal and will affect you for a lifetime, these are worthy of pursuing a case. Injuries to the head, neck, and back or injuries that will leave you disabled and unable to work are also serious. Talk with your lawyer about the types of injuries you've suffered from, the recovery potential, and more.
Other related monetary and mental health issues that are related to the case will be included in the settlement and when your lawyer is pursuing the case. If you were a passenger in the car and you have had your entire life altered because the driver wasn't being responsible, you will want to get a personal injury lawyer and see what your options are right away.