Steps to take after car accidents before filing lawsuits

Suffering injuries in a crash is typically a traumatic experience. While getting the necessary medical treatment is the first thing to do, certain steps may help if a personal injury lawsuit is to follow in a British Columbia civil court. Whenever the negligence of other parties causes car accidents, the injured victims may hold them responsible for damages.

Recording all the available information about the circumstances of the accident could help the lawyer when pursuing financial relief. Taking photos and gathering names and contact details of eyewitnesses may help. If the injured victim is rushed off to the hospital, a passenger or another person at the accident scene could gather information. Circumstances could change, and leaving it too long may prevent the collection of some evidence.

It is also important to keep a record of all expenses related to the accident. Included could be losses such as medical costs, lost wages and even the expenses of family members who had to take time off work to provide care. It may also be wise to make notes of -- or record -- all conversations with doctors, police, insurers and others with relation to the accidents. Their names, job titles and contact numbers along with times and dates can help the case.

Armed with as much possible information as possible, the next step would be to consult with an experienced British Columbia personal injury lawyer. There are specific legal time limits that must be met when pursuing financial relief after car accidents, and it typically allows a victim to monitor his or her health for a while for delayed symptoms that may appear. However, once the services of a lawyer are obtained, he or she can make sure time limits are not missed while advocating for the plaintiff.

Source: FindLaw Canada, "First steps in a personal injury claim", April 7, 2017

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