Being involved in a car accident can leave you feeling flustered and uncertain; simply put, it can be challenging to know how to proceed, what steps to take in order to safeguard your health and prioritize your legal standing. Any time you have questions about a car accident or its aftermath, you’re welcome to call AA Accident Attorneys. We’re always happy to chat. As an additional resource, we’ve put together a car accident FAQ, which we hope will be an asset to you.
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First and foremost, stay on the scene. Don’t leave until you’re given permission to do so by the police. Fleeing the scene can be a crime in and of itself!
If your vehicle is in the way of traffic, and puts other drivers at risk, try moving it to the shoulder… but only if you can safely do so.
Make sure you call either the police or the highway patrol. When they arrive, offer your account of what happened, without apologizing or admitting blame. Don’t leave until they tell you that you may.
We would also recommend collecting the name, insurance information, and contact information of other drivers involved in the accident. If witnesses are present, ask for their contact information, just in case you need them to verify your account at a later date.
According to our car accident lawyers, it’s always important to seek medical evaluation, even if you don’t think you need it. You might assume you’re unharmed, but many of the most common car accident injuries take days, even weeks to manifest. In other words, you may have injuries you don’t know about. Additionally, seeking a medical evaluation allows you to prove to the insurance adjuster that you made a good faith effort to keep your injuries to a minimum.
Even if you don’t think you need medical care, it’s always wise to seek advice from an urgent care facility, the ER, or your regular doctor.
Talking to the police may feel intimidating, but all you have to do is offer a short, factual account of what happened. Don’t admit to fault, even if you think you caused the accident. Also, try to keep emotions out of it; don’t throw blame onto the other drivers, or call them names. Simply state your account of what happened and allow the officers to reach their own conclusions about who was to blame.
Also make sure you ask when you will receive a copy of the police report, which can be helpful to you as you file an insurance claim or take the matter to court.
This can be a complicated scenario, but your car accident lawyer will be able to advise you on how to proceed. You may have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, allowing you to seek compensation from your own insurance carrier. And, if the other driver was “on the job” at the time of the accident, you may be able to seek compensation from their employer’s insurance.
Don’t cash or deposit a check from the insurance company until you’ve talked it over with one of our car accident lawyers! The reason is simple: These checks often constitute a “final settlement,” which means that if you accept the payment, you cannot pursue any further reimbursement or take additional legal action. Accepting the check may not be in your best interests, especially if it’s a check that comes early in the claims process.
It’s pretty normal to feel a little bit guilty following a car accident. Remember, first and foremost, that you’re probably not in the best position to make that assessment, as accidents can leave you feeling shaken up or disoriented. And even if you really do think you were at fault, that doesn’t mean it’s wise to say so. Allow the police officers on the scene to investigate and draw their own conclusions.
We hope this car accident FAQ has been helpful. If you have a question that’s not included here, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly! Contact a car accident lawyer from AA Accident Attorney at your next convenience!