Steps to Follow After a Car Accident ?

Car accidents happen all the time. 2.3 million people are injured in car crashes in the United States every year according to the Association of Safe International Road Travel.

As a car accident lawyer I have settled many unique auto-related cases. Each accident poses different challenges to get a driver back to their pre-accident state.

The first thing you should do following a vehicle collision is make sure that you are not at risk of any further harm after the accident. Make sure that you, your passengers, and the other drivers move away from traffic and into a safe space.

Regardless of the situation, you must stay at the scene of the accident if you were involved in the crash in any way. Leaving the scene of a car accident is a crime. Even if you were not the one to cause the accident, you have to stay and examine the situation with the other drivers involved.

Here is the best piece of advice I can offer following a car accident: do not apologize to the other driver. It’s tempting to say you’re sorry following an accident, but apologizing could be taken as an admission of guilt. Be as nice as you are willing to be, but don’t say anything that can be used against you in a car accident lawsuit.

It’s always a good idea to call the police to the scene of an accident. Take the time to work with law enforcement and answer all of their questions. Avoiding the police will harm your credibility in future court proceedings. Whether your vehicle was totaled during a crash or simply scratched, it’s essential to have a police officer involved right away. Failure to file a police report after a crash will complicate your situation moving forward.

Exchange your personal information with the other drivers involved in the accident. Share your name, phone number, address, license plate, insurance information, and make note of a description of the person and their vehicle. It’s also beneficial to communicate with witnesses of the accident.

It is very important to write down your recollection of the events as soon as possible. People will change their versions of the story as things move forward, so it’s critical to have your story straight from the beginning if the case ever makes it to court.

Do not wait to report your accident to the insurance company if you were at fault. An insurance company’s goal is to pay as little as possible, so be firm in your conversations with insurance agents. If you get a call from an insurance company directly following you accident you don’t have to give them a statement; you are under no obligation to do so. You can refuse to comment and wait for involvement from a lawyer. If something seems unusual when dealing with the other driver or the insurance company, it may be time to seek legal help.

I suggest looking at these five factors when choosing a lawyer in a car accident case:

• Experience of the law firm
• Reputation of the law firm
• Legal Fees
• Availability of the law firm
• Legal jurisdiction

Most firms will offer a free consultation to determine the best next steps in your situation. I encourage drivers who have been involved in an accident to look around and take advantage of legal consulting.

If you think your car accident will result in a lawsuit, it’s important to get ahead of things and start establishing your case right away. Each situation will introduce different challenges, which is why it’s important to have an experienced lawyer looking out for your best interests.

A car accident can happen to anyone. Knowing how to handle the situation will ensure that you avoid any additional agony while dealing with the setbacks a collision may cause.

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