Can I obtain compensation even if I don’t remember my car accident?

A car accident can be a traumatic event, and it’s not uncommon for victims to have a difficult time remembering exactly what happened. In these cases, victims may worry about pursuing a legal case. If you can’t recall the details, will you have enough credence to make a successful legal claim? The answer is likely yes, though every accident situation is unique.

Why Can’t I Remember the Accident?

When an accident victim cannot remember a crash, they often also have no memory of the time immediately after or before the accident. This is fairly common, and it happens often for two reasons:

  • Traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury can be caused by a violent jolt or blow to the head and includes concussion, edema, skull fracture, and diffuse axonal injury. While not every brain injury victim will experience a loss of memory, it is a common symptom. Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Survival response. At the moment of the accident or just before, the body senses the danger and responds. Even in seemingly minor accidents, victims can experience the “fight or flight” response—a most basic body process focused only on protection. In this state, the brain may not form memories as all its focus is on responding to the immediate danger.

Additionally, the chaos of the accident may make it difficult to remember exact details. If possible, write down as much as you can remember about your crash to keep the details as fresh in your mind as possible.

A Legal Claim When You Can’t Recall the Crash

At times, victims simply can’t remember the accident. Despite this, they have suffered very real and potentially lasting consequences. Like any other car accident victim, they both need and deserve medical care and compensation to help them recover as fully as possible, and this is possible. With the help of an experienced attorney, victims can rely on other evidence to prove the negligence of the other driver, including:

  • Police reports
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Medical reports
  • Photographs

An Experienced Attorney Can Help Protect You After an Alaska Crash

Depending on the specifics of your accident, these claims can be more challenging. Attorney Ben Crittenden knows, though, that every crash victim has a story to tell and deserves the chance at a successful recovery. He has helped other Alaska victims protect their rights, and he can help you understand your legal options. Call Ben at his Anchorage office today or request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more.