Auto Accidents

No one gets into their vehicle expecting to be involved in a car wreck. But, as they say, accidents happen. People drive distracted, they fail to yield, they forget to use their turn signals — the list goes on. When those mistakes happen, you may suddenly find yourself the victim of a personal injury that could have been avoided if the other driver had only been more careful.

How to Get Paid for an Iowa Car Accident

After a car accident, your first priority should of course be to take care of yourself. Even if you don’t feel hurt, you should allow a doctor to check for signs of injuries that sometimes have delayed symptoms, like concussions, whiplash, sprains, and herniated disks.

Outside of this instinctual first step, here are three of the most important things you can do to improve your chances of getting paid for the incident:

1. Take Photos

If it’s safe to do so, you should take pictures of the scene of the accident. You could even send a friend or relative to take those pictures for you while you get checked out by the doctor. Photos taken at the scene can often help to prove that the accident wasn’t your fault.

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2. Call a Lawyer

I know, I know — nobody wants to need a lawyer. But calling my office can actually make your life a lot easier after a car wreck because I have the experience and aggressive approach to get your case moving along. As an added bonus, you have nothing to lose by reaching out because I work on contingency for personal injury cases. That means you don’t owe me a dime unless I successfully get you paid for your car accident injuries.

3. Keep Good Records

In order to get compensated for your accident, your attorney must convince the insurance company (and, in some cases, a judge or jury) that the wreck was someone else’s fault. But I don’t just want to get you compensated — I want to get you compensated well enough to cover every single expense you’ve racked up because of the accident.

By keeping good records of your medical bills, time missed from work, physical therapy visits, and other costs caused by the accident, you are actively increasing your chances of collecting a bigger check when it’s all said and done.

What if the Other Driver Was Drunk Or Texting?

Since proving fault is such a core part of getting compensated after a car wreck, factors like distracted driving and reckless driving can be pivotal to winning your case. If you know or suspect that the other driver was drunk or texting, make sure to share that information with me. After all, drunk driving and texting while driving are both illegal acts in the state of Iowa. That makes it pretty difficult for the other driver to be seen as anything other than the cause of your pain and suffering.

Des Moines Car Accident Attorney

If the actions of a reckless, distracted, or negligent driver have caused you harm, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. I represent safe drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and the survivors of fatal car wrecks through even the most difficult of personal injury claims. Let me do the same for you and your family.