Documentation you should retain includes any paperwork related to the accident itself, the contact information of others involved (including witnesses), records of your medical visits, and estimates of vehicle damage. You should try to gather as many of the following as you can:
- any police or accident reports;
- witness statements and/or contact information;
- photographs of the accident scene and of your injuries;
- medical records, X-rays, medical bills, receipts;
- vehicle repair estimates;
- copies of your insurance policy; and
- records of your time missed from work and accompanying lost wages summary.
Second, provide a written summary of your future medical care and expenses that you need as a result of the accident. Your attorney can help you determine these costs, since you may find it difficult to calculate the value of future medical costs.
Third, collect and maintain your cool throughout the negotiations process. It can be frustrating, confusing, stressful, and sometimes downright infuriating, but if you keep your wits about you, you'll be better for it in the long run.
Fourth, double check your facts. You want to know all of the determined facts of your case, so know the dates and times associated with the accident report, and be familiar with any information included on documentation you've provided. Appearing uncertain or unprepared will be seen as vulnerability in your claim.
How a Texas Accident Attorney Can Help in an Accident Injury Lawsuit
A Texas car accident claim attorney can help with negotiating insurance settlements by defending your rights from the insurance adjusters and the lowball settlement offers they hand out for car accident insurance claims. Speak with an attorney who will put your rights first by calling 512-472-7799.
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