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When you are in a car crash, your priority is likely going to be making sure you aren’t too badly injured. No matter how serious your injuries, there are a few points that you need to remember if you are in a car crash that someone else caused.

One of the things that you have to think about is that you might decide to seek compensation from the driver who struck you. Even if you don’t really think that you are going to do this, you should keep the possibility in mind at each step of the case.

The issue of fault will come up in these cases. As part of the claim, you will have to show that the driver who struck you was negligent or acted in a reckless manner. You will need to show that your injuries came from the accident and that you suffered financial damages due to this.

There are several things that you might be able to use to shore up your case. One of these is the medical records from the care you received after the crash. This puts a timestamp of sorts on your injuries. They can also show the severity and the impacts of the injuries.  Additionally it is a good idea to take photos of the accidents scene including the damage to the vehicles.  

You will need to show what happened when the accident occurred. Was the other driver drunk? Speeding? Fatigued? Driving aggressively? All of these can have an effect on your case so make sure you find out all you can about what was going on with the other driver in the time leading up to the crash.

Source: FindLaw, “Car Accident Basics,” accessed March 02, 2018