Ultimately you show the jury enough evidence to convince them the other driver was at fault. So how do you do this?
Right After The Wreck
Take pictures of your car, the other car, the scene, and any injuries you have. Make sure to save those pictures on your computer and a back up — dropbox, google drive, etc.
Make sure you identify any witnesses to both the wreck but also to what you are going through.
Keep a diary of what you are going through medically, physically, emotionally, etc. Be as specific as possible.
Make sure you keep all doctor appointments and do what your doctor says — be the best patient possible. Your number one goal is to get better and regain 100% of your health.
Before You Sue
Make sure you have a good lawyer that you feel comfortable with and confident in his or her ability to represent you and keep you informed of what is going to happen in your case.
You want to have given your lawyer all the background information — previous wrecks, prior lawsuits, your medical history (and your lawyer should have your medical records), as well as your damages — lost wages, etc.
Make sure that you have spoken in detail with your lawyer about the objective of the lawsuit and what will be expected of you so there are no surprises.
Your lawyer will interview witnesses, look at the physical evidence, look at pictures, and analyze the case from both your perspective but also from the defense perspective to see what the jury will be looking at. Ultimately you have to show, in your case, that the other driver was at fault — was “negligent” in order for you to recover money damages.
After You Sue
Stay in good contact with your lawyer so nothing is missed.
Take “discovery” very seriously — this is where you answer written questions and ultimately give a deposition. These activities are critical for you to do well in them — tell the truth and be prepared.
Consider any settlement offers — decide what is best for you after finding out what the “bottom line” number will be for you after lawyer fees, expenses, subrogation of Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.
Trial is a serious matter and sometimes I have seen people not treat it as seriously as it deserves to be treated. The jury is giving up days or even a week of its time to hear your case so make sure you show up on time, prepared, and are respectful of the process.
Often times the defendant will not — let it be “night and day” comparing you with the defendant. Let the jury see that you are honest, credible, etc.
What To Do Now
It makes sense to contact an Alabama car accident lawyer. If you are seriously injured, a personal injury attorney will collect the evidence to prove liability, file your accident claim, and negotiate with the insurance company while you focus on getting well. If we can help you, give us a call at 205-879-2447 or you can contact us through our website Birmingham Injury.