The last thing you anticipate when setting off to work or to meet a friend is to be involved in a traffic collision. Nonetheless, driving does not come without potential risks, and crashes happen every day.
If you’re lucky, you might be able to walk away from the accident unscathed. However, it is possible that you will suffer injuries. Severe injuries can turn your life upside down. You might struggle with your daily activities and have to take an extended absence from the workplace, which means you don’t make any money.
At this point, a personal injury claim might seem like the best option. To improve your chances of success, the following aspects should be carefully considered.
Evidence from the scene
The more accurate the picture is that you can paint for the courts, the stronger your claim will be. It may be important to make sure you detail the weather on the day of the accident, the level of traffic and the behavior of the at-fault driver as well as your own conduct at the time. If you have pictures from the scene, such as damage to your vehicle or the road, this will also be very useful.
The perspective of others
There were probably other people around at the time of the accident. If approached in the appropriate manner, they may be more than willing to help. Their version of events can back up your story and bolster your case. Witness statements in court could be very helpful to both you and the judge.
Proof of injury
To argue that you are entitled to compensation, you will need to prove the extent of your injuries. Arguably, there is no better way to do this than to provide medical documentation. You can access your medical records and provide copies of your diagnosis and recommended treatments. Any form of official documentation, such as police reports or hospital records could increase your chances of a favorable outcome.
If you are required to be off of work for some time after an injury, then you are going to need some financial help. Having a firm understanding of your legal rights in Pennsylvania will facilitate the process.