You can still pursue compensation even if no one was ticketed in your car accident. Your lawyer can use other forms of evidence to build your case.
What you do after your accident could greatly affect your case’s outcome. You should seek medical attention, document your losses, and take other measures.
Seek Medical Attention as Soon as Possible
If you haven’t sought medical attention, you should do so immediately – even if you don’t see any external injuries. Some conditions aren’t obvious to the untrained eye, but trained medical professionals know how to detect them. For instance, traumatic brain injuries can take weeks to manifest obvious symptoms.
Consider the following:
- By visiting a doctor sooner rather than later, you facilitate your recovery.
- A medical professional will provide documentation of your injuries, including imaging scan results, lab test outcomes, and other information.
- Your doctor can testify to the nature of your condition in court. They can also provide a written statement regarding your condition.
You also want to draw a definitive line between your condition and the accident. After all, you don’t want the insurer to argue that your injuries were caused by something else.
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Follow Through with Treatment
Adhering to your treatment plan is critical to your case’s outcome. You want to show the insurance company, claims adjuster, and courtroom officials that you did everything possible to better your condition. This includes:
- Taking all prescribed medications
- Attending physical therapy
- Undergoing necessary diagnostic procedures
- Using assistive devices, like crutches and braces
- Adhering to any lifestyle changes and dietary restrictions
- Not leaving the hospital against medical advice
- Hiring an in-home nurse
Keep All Documentation Relating to Your Case
The more documentation you have, the stronger your case is. You should keep records of:
- Your doctors’ appointments
- Your imaging scan and lab test results
- The names of your medications
- Correspondence between yourself and the involved parties
- Your injury-related invoices, receipts, and billing statements
- Photos of your injuries and the accident scene
- The police report
The evidence you gather should assert that because another party acted negligently, you suffered harm in an auto accident.
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Track Your Injury-Related Losses
You want to recover compensation that accounts for the full cost of your injury-related expenses. To help your lawyer calculate and pursue your damages, you should keep track of your:
- Medical records
- Missed time from work or school
- Physical therapy sessions
- Assistive devices’ cost, like motorized scooters and wheelchairs
- Childcare costs
- Your day-to-day pain levels
- Your doctors’ appointments
- Your car’s damage
- Transportation expenses, like rideshare services
- Changes in your mental health
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Request a Copy of the Police Report
Even if the police officer didn’t ticket anyone, they’re still obligated to file an accident report, per O.C.G.A. § 40-6-273. In the report, they’ll include information such as:
- Skid marks and other types of physical evidence
- How the vehicles were positioned after the collision
- The contact information of the involved parties
- Any statements made by the involved parties at the accident scene
- Whether emergency services were called
- Any video footage, such as from nearby surveillance cameras
- Damage to all vehicles involved in the collision
Refrain from Giving a Recorded Statement
Anything you say on the record – even to the insurance company – can hurt your case. You’re only obligated to give the insurance company basic information, including your name, address, phone number, and policy number.
If the claims adjuster asks for a recorded statement, refer them to your legal team. Your attorney will give them all the information they need.
Consider Legal Representation
Gathering evidence to support your accident’s cause isn’t easy – especially if you’re recovering from serious injuries. By partnering with a lawyer from our firm, you can focus on your health and well-being. We’ll do everything possible to build your case, including:
- Visiting the accident scene
- Interviewing witnesses, including police officers and bystanders
- Obtaining the police report
- Studying photos and videos of the collision
- Working with accident reconstruction specialists
- Requesting traffic camera footage
- Reviewing the liable insurance policy
Even if no one was ticketed in your car accident, our lawyers can use other information to build your case.
Certain Time Limits Affect Your Case’s Outcome
Georgia law limits how long you have to pursue an injury lawsuit. Per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you generally have two years to file your case. Some exceptions may apply – some of which don’t work in your favor. For instance, if you were hit by a government-operated vehicle, you typically have six months to initiate legal action, per O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5.
By considering legal representation as soon as possible, you protect your right to damages. If the statute of limitations expires on your case, you will be unable to pursue damages – no matter how compelling your claim is.
Your Lawyer Will Prove Negligence Caused Your Accident
To recover compensation, your lawyer must prove negligence in compliance with the American Bar Association (ABA). Proving negligence requires showing:
- Duty of care: The other party had a duty of care (as all drivers do) to operate their vehicle in a manner that kept you safe and free from harm.
- Breach of duty: The other party failed to fulfill their duty of care, perhaps by drunk driving, speeding, or failing to yield to the right-of-way.
- Causation: The other party caused your accident, and you suffered harm as a result.
- Damages: You suffered physical, financial, and emotional losses.
If multiple parties contributed to your accident, we can prove how each of those parties acted negligently. We want you to focus on feeling better while we manage your legal matters.
Kaine Law Has Recovered Millions for Car Accident Claimants
Don’t worry if law enforcement didn’t issue a ticket following your accident; we can still build your case and pursue financial recovery for your losses. To begin your free case review, dial (404) 214-2001.