IMPORTANT CAUTIONARY STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
When incidents like car accidents occur, personal rights and legal action is typically the farthest thing from the mind of the victim and those involved. Concern for the wellbeing and safety of everyone involved often takes center stage. This is good however, it is important to also be conscious and aware of consequent happenings and take proactive measures to avoid liability, identify the responsible party and ensure that any personal injury claims will be honored and paid.
Call 911 And an Ambulance.
An ambulance should be called if the accident is moderate to severe. This ensures that immediate medical intervention is provided to the injured parties. It is also the precedent to a proper medical evaluation before seeing a doctor whose medical report will be very useful in claims. Auto accidents should always be reported to the police. It is required by law to do so and this is mostly in the interest of the victim. Having police at the scene of an accident brings calm to the chaos and also ensures that the scene is not tampered with or compromised in any way. From their investigations, it can be verifiably determined who is at fault and their consequent report is a very important document to be used in proving liability to the benefit of the victim.
Gather Information and Document the Accident.
It is important to gather as much information as possible from the scene of the accident. Witness statements should be taken down quickly to avoid them forgetting important details or changing their story later. Drivers should also exchange information like full name, contact information, insurance company, and policy number in anticipation of settlement. The driver’s license, plate number, type, color, and model of the vehicle should also be documented It is also important to capture the scene in pictures taken from different angles. This should be done quickly to prevent evidence tampering. Surveillance footage should also be gathered. All this information is important for car accident attorneys to effectively fight their client’s cases.
Never Admit Fault.
In the heat of the moment, it is quite normal for someone who is actually a victim to be quite confused and run out apologizing to the other party. While the hysterics are understandable, it is important to always be alert and conscious and remain calm regardless of what the accident looks like. Never admit fault as this indicates liability and will be used against the victim. Until the accident is properly investigated by the police and forensically evaluated, the guilty party cannot 100% be determined. It is important to remain calm and not even suggest fault as this could negatively affect damage claims later.
Contact A Lawyer.
No matter how apparent the liability of the other party is, always involve the services of a legal practitioner. Personal injury law is such a complex niche. Victims have often lost out on compensations due to careless assumptions that the evidence speaks for itself or that they could defend themselves. More often than not, this is counterproductive. Legal assistance should be engaged from the very beginning if possible. This protects as well and defends the victim’s rights for compensation.
Knowing how to act and what steps to take in a car accident is necessary because it ensures that rights are protected, guilty parties are apprehended and victims are well compensated for their injuries and losses.