Being involved in an accident can be a very traumatic and stressful experience. However, obtaining the correct pieces of information at the scene can make a significant difference in the outcome of a personal injury case.
First, you should obtain the driver’s license number, vehicle registration information, and insurance company information from the other driver involved in the accident. If any passengers are in the other driver’s car, you should get their names and addresses, as well. In addition, obtain contact information from any witnesses and ask them to stay to talk to the police. If this is not possible, write down their statements about the accident.
After a police officer arrives, take note of his name and badge number and ask when you can obtain a copy of the accident report. If possible, take the time to make a diagram of the accident and note the positions of the cars before, during, and after the accident, as well as the positions of stop signs, traffic lights, and skid marks that may have occurred at the time of the accident. Finally, take note of the weather and road conditions. Taking the time to gather all of this information may assist you in filing your own claims. Additionally, these details may either protect you or help you if the accident leads to legal proceedings.
Attorney Douglas Borthwick specializes in several areas of the law, including personal injury law. In his years as a lawyer, he has handled numerous cases involving vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and injuries due to construction defects.
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Attorney Douglas Borthwick, General Counsel and Corporate Counsel for LumpSumIn Relocation Incorporated, enjoys running marathons in his spare time. Borthwick indicates that a number of factors can determine if an individual is ready to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles.
1. Perform an honest self-assessment to ensure you are truly committed to the rigors of marathon training. If you are extremely busy with other activities or have a lot of stress in your life, consider setting your sights on a half-marathon instead. If you find that training becomes a chore and provides no enjoyment, marathon running probably is not right for you.
2. Marathon participants should have extensive experience running longer distances. At minimum, aspiring marathoners should run roughly six hours per week, including three runs of four to eight miles during the week and an extended run on weekends. Gradually increase the distance of your runs until about three weeks prior to the event.
3. Make sure you get adequate rest to allow your body to recuperate. Avoid training the day after an extended run whenever possible.
The first step in choosing the right lawyer for your needs is find someone you are comfortable with on both a professional and personal level. Since your lawyer will be privy to details about your life, finances, and family, do not let impressive credentials cloud your judgment.
Start by seeking referrals from people you know, respect, and trust. However, keep in mind that the right lawyer also depends on the nature of your case. Your friend’s lawyer may be an excellent tax attorney, yet not be able to devote the same kind of focus to a divorce or personal injury.
Beyond gaining a sense of personal and professional comfort, the vetting process should obtain answers to the following questions (among others):
1. How does the lawyer believe the case should be handled and how long will it take?
2. Does the lawyer have malpractice insurance?
3. What is expected of you in terms of participation?
4. What is the fee arrangement?
5. How will the lawyer keep you informed regarding the status of your case?
About Douglas Borthwick: A partner in the firm of Freeman & Borthwick, Douglas Borthwick focuses his practice on estate planning, family law, and plaintiff personal injury.