Often in personal injury cases it’s what the injured person’s lawyer does at the beginning of the case that assures ultimate success in the end.
In motor accident claims where liability is likely to be disputed by the insurance company, it’s crucial to carry early and comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of the accident. Otherwise witness’ memories will fade, witnesses can’t be located, road conditions may change, or the roads may disappear altogether.
Insurers in public liability cases rarely, if ever, admit liability. Therefore it’s critical to move quickly to visit the scene, take photos and measurements, obtain access to CCTV footage, interview witnesses etc.
It actually astonishes me how few lawyers do this even where the accident scene is close-by.
I once won a case where my client was seriously injured when his car struck a large steer which had strayed off a rural property and onto an outback road because i travelled 500kms to discover the broken fence and the large tree which had obscured my client’s view of the steer until it was too late.
My message – lawyers should leave the office and get out there asap. It’s early investigation and thorough preparation that secures the best result for clients.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to begin investigating immediately to ensure the best possible outcome. To speak to one of our helpful lawyers or to arrange a free no obligation assessment of your claim, please call us on 1800 25 1800 or contact us online.
Written by Tom Goudkamp.