With Highway 631 wracking up more car accidents every day, leading to an average of over 1,000 fatalities a year, Thunder Bay residents could find themselves on the wrong side of a personal injury case. It’s dangerous to drive, and there’s always people who can’t tell the difference between negligence and trying to make a quick stack of cash off an unfortunate incident. Here’s what you have to do if you’re the defendant in a personal injury case.
Start by Rounding up Witnesses in Your Favour
The first thing that you should try to do is get witnesses together. If you have a big crash, try to get witness information at the time of the accident. That can help when you’re filing your insurance claim, and will definitely come in handy if the other driver tries to pin everything on you.
Get a Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Side
You’re going to need someone who knows personal injury law inside and out on your side. They’ve got an uphill battle in front of them, but if you don’t have a lawyer on your side it could be easy to pressure you into signing something that takes away your rights. Make sure that you always have a lawyer look over anything before you sign it, even if you think that you can mostly handle the case on your own.
Show That You Were Not Negligent
Proving that you weren’t negligent isn’t that hard; you just have to establish that you were following all the driving regulations you should have been. The other person is going to have to show what evidence they have, and you and your lawyer can work together to debunk your claims. Any photographic evidence you have will be very useful at this stage, so make sure that you snap some pics while you’re rounding up witnesses for step one.