5 Steps to Take After a Car Accident
After a Car Accident: 5 Steps Guide
A car accident is stressful. It might be difficult in the heat of the moment to figure out what steps you should take first. Should you file a report? What about contacting the insurance company? Read on to learn about the five most important steps to take after a car accident.
Don’t Leave after a car accident
This may seem somewhat obvious, but it is very important and worth emphasizing. You should never leave the scene of an accident until all parties’ concerns addressed. If the other driver has any injuries and you leave the scene, you could face criminal charges. The first thing you should do at this point is to check on everyone involved and assess any injuries.
Call the Police
Whether you are the one at fault or not, your car insurance or the other driver’s need a police report to file before covering the cost of any damages. Call the police after a car accident.
Talk with the Other Driver about car injuries
At this point, you need to exchange contact and insurance information. Also, exchange driver’s licenses and license plate numbers. Yet, you don’t want to apologize for anything.
Be polite and courteous when speaking with the other driver. But remember that apologizing might mean you’re admitting to legal liability. And that could result that you’re ready to pay damages if the other party files a personal injury lawsuit. After the dust has settled and you are ready to contact your Insurance Company. Your representative will likely ask you some questions; whether you were at fault or not.
Track Medical Records
If you sustain any injuries as a result of the car accident, be sure to keep track of your medical records. If you’re not at fault, any costs not covered by your medical insurance could be considered damages. If you file a personal injury lawsuit, and the other party could be ready to compensate you.
Decide Whether to Hire an Attorney
Whether you are the party at fault or not, it can be useful to speak with an attorney. If you face injuries and not at fault, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. And you could be able to gain for damages you’ve sustained. And if you are the party at fault, an attorney will help to defend you if the other party files suit.
To learn more about the legal steps to take after a car accident, contact us at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, at 877-526-2357. Or visit jandils.com. Our representatives will be happy to speak with you about the specifics of your situation.