When it comes to getting the compensation you deserve after an accident, hiring a traffic crash lawyer may be one of the most important steps you’ll need to take.

After being in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be injured and in need of financial help for your recovery. If that’s the case, you need to hire a traffic accident lawyer. Doing so will give the best chance of collecting financial compensation for what happened to you.

You’ve already suffered physically. The attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates believe you shouldn’t have to suffer financially.

Take These Steps

If you’ve been in an accident, you need to take certain steps right away to protect your rights and start the process of filing a claim for the compensation you’ll need to recover:

1) Exchange Information

You need the other driver’s information. Get his or her name, phone number, address, drivers license number, and license plate number. You should also ask for the other driver’s insurance information because your traffic accident attorney will use this information to file a claim.

2) File an Accident Report

Call the police and file an accident report after you’ve had a traffic wreck. The police report will document what happened, and your lawyer will be able to use it as evidence to strengthen your claim for compensation.

3) Go to Your Doctor or the ER

Visit the doctor right away. After a traffic crash, you are likely to be in shock and may be unaware of all your injuries. Injuries like whiplash, for example, may not be immediately obvious. Getting examined is necessary for your health, and it will also document your injuries. Your traffic crash lawyer will be able to use your medical records in your case.

4) File an Insurance Claim

Call the insurance company and file an accident claim after your traffic wreck. The insurer will give you a claim number that can be used when visiting the doctor so you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket while your claim is being filed. The insurance company will also ask for the other driver’s information. Be careful not to speak with the other driver’s insurance company, however, because it will be trying to build a case to combat your claim. Allow your attorney to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

5) Call a Lawyer

You should speak with a traffic accident attorney as soon as possible after your crash. The sooner you get your case started, the sooner your lawyer can begin gathering evidence, speaking with witnesses, and building you a strong claim. Also, a statute of limitations determines how long you have to file a personal injury claim. File before this time runs out or you will be unable to seek compensation.

Your Damages

By handling insurance negotiations and representing you in court, your traffic crash lawyer can work to maximize the value of your claim. You may be compensated for the following damages:

  • Accident-related expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Call a Traffic Accident Attorney

Get the help you need in your pursuit of compensation after a traffic accident by speaking with an experienced traffic accident lawyer. You can schedule a consultation by completing the form below or calling Craig Swapp & Associates at 1-800-404-9000.