What Should I Do After a Car Accident That’s Not My Fault?
- February 19, 2018
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Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time. If the accident happened because of the other driver’s negligence or carelessness, there are some important things you must do to protect your rights. Although most of the steps you should take are the same regardless of who’s at fault, follow these important steps to ensure the best possible outcome.
Get medical help: Immediately following the accident, get medical help because your health status is important. Even if your injuries are minor, it is advisable to let a medical professional examine you.
Gather all the necessary information: Even if the accident was not your fault, it is vital to gather all the relevant information related to the accident, such as:
- Name, address and phone number of the other driver
- Insurance company name and policy number of the other driver
- Names and contact information of witnesses
- Photographs of the scene
This information may help you in proving your case should the at-fault driver deny responsibility later.
Call the police: Call the police and file a police report . Even though a police report may not be applicable in civil court, it may be helpful when you tell your version of the accident to the judges or when reaching a settlement in or out of court.
Contact your insurance company: Report the accident to your own insurance company. This will establish a good faith accident-reporting effort from your end. Reporting the accident will enable your insurance company to help you if the other party’s insurer denies responsibility or if you need to make a collision claim.
Hire an attorney: Consider hiring a car accident attorney because a car accident attorney is experienced in car accident laws and can help you decide what course of action to take.
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