According to auto industry experts the average car driver will get into four car accidents during their lifetime. In the case of such an event, it may be a good idea to seek professional legal advice.
There are certain steps you should follow in the aftermath of a car accident.
Being aware of these steps, and remembering to follow them in the case of an accident will help you in a number of ways.
Some of these tips are relevant at the scene of an accident, others, such as informing your insurance company, are relevant in the days and weeks following your accident.
1. Stay at the Scene
You should always stay at the scene of an accident unless it is hazardous to do so.
2. Check on Other Drivers and Passengers
Try to make sure everyone at the scene of an accident is ok. Get medical attention for anyone that may need it.
3. Call the Police
This is especially important when an accident has resulted in serious injury and property damage.
4. Exchange Information
Names, phone numbers, addresses, license numbers, and insurance information are all crucial details to exchange after a car accident.
5. Talk to Witnesses
Try to ask witnesses what they saw, and if possible take down their contact information for future reference.
6. Take Pictures
Having photographic evidence can help prove liability in the case of an accident.
7. Inform Your Insurance Company
Alert your insurance company to the fact you were in an accident as soon as possible.
8. Keep Track of Your Medical Treatment
Note down the details of any medical treatment you receive as a result of your accident.
9. Get a Property Damage Valuation
As well as the valuation your insurance company provides, It is a good idea to get two separate valuations on the extent of the damage to your car.
10. Be Wary of Early Settlement Offers
Never settle a claim before you have got the relevant legal and medical advice. In some cases, this could take months.
Don't pay for someone else’s mistakes. By following the steps outlined above, and enlisting the help of a top lawyer, you stand every chance of getting the compensation you deserve. It is now up to your lawyer to prove that you are not liable for your accident.
The most challenging part of claiming personal injury for a car accident is to determine liability. This is done by analyzing a number of factors, such as:
A driver may be considered liable for an accident if they were deemed to be driving recklessly. This is defined as unsafe driving that shows a clear disregard for the fact that it may lead to an accident. Reckless driving is also known as aggressive driving and includes several inappropriate actions such as:
Find Law (R) have provided this excellent print out guide on the steps to follow in the case of an accident. Simply print it out and put it in your automobile.
Enjuris (™) have developed these excellent worksheets to help you keep track of your injury costs following an accident.