While safety and attention to detail can go a long way in preventing car accidents, there are always going to be unavoidable situations that can cause an accident. When it comes to car accidents, understanding how to handle the situation can go a long way in making sure you are safe and protected in the event of a lawsuit.
The following commonly asked questions about car accidents can help you take the correct steps following a crash.
Should You Call The Police?
It is almost always advisable to call the police following a car accident. A police officer will be able to create an official accident report that will detail all of the accident information. This official report could prove very important if a lawsuit is brought on by any party involved in the accident. Even if you don’t believe the accident is serious enough to warrant calling the police, having a third party at the crash site will ensure all necessary information is collected and properly documented.
What Information Should You Get From The Other Drivers Involved In The Crash?
Following a car accident, you will want to get certain information from the other drivers involved in the crash. This information is not only important for building a case for a lawsuit, but will also ensure you are able to contact the other drivers.
Some of the most important information to get includes:
Contact Information (phone number, address, etc.)
License Plate Number
What Questions Should You Avoid Answering?
From the other drivers involved in the crash to the police to possibly medical personnel, there will be a lot of people asking you questions following a car accident. While you want to make sure you are truthful in answering these questions, you want to avoid a few questions.
First, you should never admit fault. While you may believe you were at fault, you should wait until all of the evidence is examined by a professional car accident attorney before admitting any kind of fault.
You should also never say that you weren’t injured in the crash. Certain injuries can take time to appear and the adrenaline after a crash can dull the pain you actually feel. It is best to wait to be evaluated by a medical professional first.
Should You Call Your Insurance Company?
You will want to call your insurance company as soon as possible following a car accident. As discussed above, you should never admit fault or discuss injuries with your insurance provider, but you should notify them of the crash and provide any details you have.
Do You Need A Car Accident Attorney?
The only way to know if you need a car accident attorney is to contact one. If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, it is likely that you will need an attorney; however, if you have not been seriously injured, it can be difficult to know whether or not you need legal representation. Contact us at Hayhurst Law PLLC today to go over your specific case. We can help determine what options you have and how you should proceed regarding your car accident case.
When it comes to car accidents, the most important thing is safety. Once you have made sure you and everyone involved in the crash are safe, you will want to use the questions above to put yourself in the best situation for recovering any damages or protecting yourself from a lawsuit.