Car accidents are scary and stressful events. Having to rehash the incident to police officers, doctors and insurance companies can be overwhelming. To add to the stress of it all, you might be wondering how you’ll pay for the damages you received, especially if you accumulate costly medical bills and other expenses.

When the fault lies with the other driver, however, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your damages. Seeking fair compensation can help you focus on your recovery without having to worry about your financial situation.

Here are three tips that can help you fight for fair compensation.

Save accident-related documents

Any relevant piece of paperwork related to your accident can help you build a strong case when you file a personal injury claim. These documents might include:

  • Police reports
  • Medical bills
  • Doctor’s notes
  • Photographs of the accident scene
  • Eyewitness testimonies

Saving evidence-based documents that accurately report the events of the accident can help solidify your claim.

Speak carefully and honestly

If an insurance company has reason to suspect you are lying about the details of your accident, it can ruin your credibility. When dealing with insurance companies, stick to the facts and keep your answers short. Volunteering too much information gives insurers the chance to twist your words and use them against you. Also, avoid guessing or expressing uncertainty. It’s alright to say, “I don’t know.”

In addition, it’s important to be honest with your doctor about your injuries and pain levels. Getting caught in a lie — or even an exaggeration — might harm your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

Don’t accept the first offer

Insurance companies don’t want to pay you any more than they have to. Often, they will take advantage of your desperation to put this ordeal behind you and offer you a low settlement. While it might be tempting to accept the first offer just to move past the incident, the insurance company may be low-balling you. Standing your ground and countering the first offer can be worth it if it means receiving fair compensation.

The stages after a car accident can be just as stressful as the accident itself. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to answer your questions and help you fight for the compensation you need.