Time is never on your side after an accident happens. Whether you were involved in a car accident or a slip and fall, facts need to be gathered quickly for a variety of reasons.

Accidents happen every day. For example, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration estimates that there are around five million car accidents every year in the U.S.(1) Law enforcement and medical staff can see multiple crash victims in a single day, and write several reports on different circumstances, injuries, and witnesses. The attorneys at Tenn and Tenn emphasize the importance of anyone with a personal injury claim giving an attorney a chance to gather facts as soon as possible after an accident while the evidence is fresh.

Eyewitness Reports

Eyewitnesses are notoriously inaccurate in some situations. In a 2010 Scientific American article on eyewitness testimony, it is explained that the human memory does not work like a, “video recorder,” playing back events just as they happened. Memories can be influenced in a variety of ways and are explained by University of California, Irvine professor as, “more akin to putting puzzle pieces together than retrieving a video recording.”(2)

The sooner a witness is interviewed the better. An experienced attorney can get their version of events on record as soon as possible before an insurance company, or anyone else, has a chance to influence their memory of the event and create a “puzzle” that does not accurately reflect what really happened.

Changing Circumstances

An accident scene is rarely static. Often it is a constantly changing, usually quickly erased, and sometimes hectic area. Take an auto accident for example, if an obstruction in the road causes a crash or a tire or brake system failure caused an accident, there could be evidence that needs to be secured. In the rush to clear roads for the safety of other drivers, critical evidence can be destroyed. In other instances, construction crews can alter a construction area where an accident happens within days of an incident. If there is no photographic record of the area as it was when the accident happened, that can hurt a personal injury claim.

Gathering important evidence for use in a personal injury claim needs to be done as soon as possible following an accident and before any changes can be made.

Medical Care

When someone is injured in an accident, their medical care is an important element to their personal injury claim. Many attorneys can assist their client in finding healthcare providers that will wait for payment. One NH personal injury lawyer for example, explains that if they are involved early in the case, they can ensure their client gets the care they need regardless of their ability to pay.

For those clients having an experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer on their side in a personal injury claim as early as possible is the best way to ensure that they are successful in recovering losses and damages. By the same token, claimants in any state need to find local attorneys who will work with their best interests in mind.

There is too much at stake to wait to consult with an attorney. There are facts to be gathered, evidence to secure, fresh memories to record, and an experienced lawyer will ensure you are able to see a competent physician or chiropractor immediately.

Sources:
1. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811552.pdf
2. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=do-the-eyes-have-it