Prepare Your “Demand Package”
If you don’t know the value of your damages, you won’t have much to back up your demand for compensation from the insurance company. This is where evidence comes into play, along with a bit of math (but that’s what calculators are for, right?).
Your evidence plays two roles in your accident case: proving fault and proving damages.
To prove the other driver was at fault for your accident injuries, use the:
- witness statements; and
- police report.
Likewise, these types of evidence can also help prove that your injuries and property damage were caused by the accident and not pre-existing.
All of your evidence goes hand-in-hand with the amounts you are demanding to compensate for your damages. For example, if your accident claim cites $1,500 in medical bills from the accident, you better have $1,500 worth of medical bills to provide to the insurance adjuster as evidence.
Settle Your Case on Your Own: You Don’t Need a Lawyer
No Fairfax injury lawyer in their right mind will dash out to the accident scene to help you take pictures and talk to witnesses, and if they do they’re most likely what we call “ambulance chasers” that just want a cut of your settlement. In an age of smartphones and social media there’s no reason you can’t document a minor car accident with your iPhone in a matter of minutes.
A Fairfax Injury Lawyer Can Gather Evidence for an Accident Case – So Can You!
If you think you’re ready to handle your accident case on your own I encourage you to visit my website and download a FREE digital copy of my book, Get It Settled! The Accident Victim’s Guide to Settling Your Case Without Hiring a Lawyer. Of course, I won’t leave my clients dangling in the wind – if you think you really need a lawyer to help you settle your case, contact Ben Glass Law at our website, or give us a call at 703-584-7277 and we’ll set up a consultation.