Did a bad collision leave you in a coma with injuries that will require long-term treatment? Are you also suffering from short-term memory loss due to a head injury? If you have been accused of causing the accident and are in too bad of a condition to contest the other party, a lawyer can help you as you continue to recover. Just because you cannot remember all of the details of the collision, it does not mean that you have to accept liability. There are several things that can be done to put together the pieces of what happened, especially if the accident happened on a street with a lot of people present.
Assess the Accuracy of the Accident Report
One of the first pieces of evidence that a lawyer will obtain to build your case is the accident report, as it can help if the report is favorable for your defense. However, the accident report does not have to be in your favor for you to prove that the other party is liable. A lawyer can prove the other party's liability by closely examining the photos that were taken at the time of the incident. He or she can also compare the damage to both vehicles based on what was written in the accident repair, as sometimes officers inaccurately write the reports. Another method for proving liability along with obtaining an accident report is for a lawyer to hire the services of an accident reconstruction professional.
Find People Who Witnessed the Accident
Another step in proving your case is to find people who were near the accident scene. For example, people who work or were driving near the accident scene are possible witnesses in the event that the case goes to trial. A lawyer might find video surveillance that can prove you are not liable for the collision. It is common for business owners and some homeowners to have video surveillance cameras on their property, which can make a lawyer's job of finding evidence easier.
Get Evidence of the Severity of Your Injuries
The fact that your injuries are so severe is all the reason that you need to hire a lawyer, as your medical expenses can accumulate to high amounts. Did you lose your job while you were in the coma, or cannot work because your injuries made you disabled? A lawyer will prove the severity of your injuries by speaking to medical professionals, obtaining your medical records, and performing other tasks.
For more information, contact an accident lawyer near you.