Injured in a Car Accident? Work with an Attorney to Prove Fault
In any type of auto accident, your ability to recover monetary damages for your injuries hinges on your ability to prove that the other party was at fault. There are a variety of steps you can take to strengthen your case and prove negligence, and a skilled injury attorney can help you along the way.
The following are some steps you can take to help your lawyer prove negligence on the part of the other driver in your car accident:
- Get a copy of the police report. Whenever police officers respond to an accident, they create a report with some basic information about what happened. These reports often include the officer’s opinion about how the accident occurred and who was likely at fault. The report may also include information about traffic violations that occurred in the lead-up to the crash that would indicate one party’s responsibility. You can easily get a copy of this report by inquiring at the traffic division of your local police station.
- Visit a doctor’s office. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of injury in the accident, seek medical attention — even if the injuries seem relatively minor. This is because serious conditions may take some time to show obvious symptoms, and a physician is better equipped to determine exactly the types of injuries you’ve experienced. Be sure to carefully document all medical records and provide them to your attorney.
- Understand state traffic laws. If you believe that the accident was due to a driver violating a state traffic law, then you need to be sure that you know exactly which law was violated. Many traffic accidents involve violations of posted speed limits, right-of-way laws and roadway marking laws.
Proving negligence after a car accident can be a major challenge, so it’s important that you work with an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney at the Matassini Law Firm, P.A. to make the process less stressful. Call us at 813.379.2007 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.