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Know your rights: What to do if you are in a car accident?


Alwihda Info | Par Info Alwihda - 25 Janvier 2021


Car accidents are quite common. Car accidents can lead to property damage and personal injury. In such a case, it is common to lose your cool and become reactive. However, keeping calm is the first step to prevent the situation from worsening.

If you find yourself in such a situation, here is what you should do.
●      Check if you are injured. If you have other passengers riding with you, make sure that they are safe too.
●      In case of injury, call 911 for medical assistance. 
●      Avoid moving if you are seriously injured. Stay in place, and wait for the medical staff. In case of minor injury, get out of the vehicle.
●      If warranted, call the police and notify them about the accident.
●      When the police arrive, provide them accurate information about the accident. You can also ask for a copy of the report, which will help you file a claim with the insurance company.
  • If possible, take pictures of the scene of the car accident as evidence. Ask the other driver for information regarding his/her full name, driver’s license, insurance company, etc.

Know your legal rights!

Once things are calm and you are doing well, you can begin the legal process to either get your claim from the insurance company or file a case. In either case, it is a good idea to hire legal help, such as a car accident attorney. This will help to maximize your compensation to help pay for damages, medical treatment, and other potential needs.

Contact an attorney.

Attorneys can help navigate the legal process with you. Hiring one helps you to understand your legal rights and choose the best course of action. Moreover, attorneys who specialize in car accidents help manage the legalities while you heal from your injuries.
If you find yourself injured, it is a good idea to hire a car accident attorney who can provide you with advice regarding legal action you can take to compensate for injury and damage to property. An attorney is experienced and can help you in this traumatic situation.

Contact your insurance company.

It is not necessary, but you can choose to hire an attorney to file a claim. Since insurance companies hire lawyers, it is a good idea to also hire legal help for yourself. They can help you familiarize yourself with the insurance claim process as well. They will help you to avoid any potential low-ball offers from the insurance company, and ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve.
You will be asked multiple questions from the insurance company. Remember that any information you provide to the insurance company may be used against your claim. Additionally, you have a time limit after a car accident, within which you should submit your claim. Make sure that you are aware of this.

File a complaint in court.

Sometimes claims in a car accident do not settle with the two parties. In such a circumstance, the case may go to court. Evidence from both parties will be required. The court will see the pictures, testimonies, and video surveillance to determine the outcome. Working with an attorney ensures you are prepared for any further actions, such as litigation. 

Conclusion

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a car accident, this guide should help you take the necessary steps to help you with the situation at hand. Moreover, this guide will also help you in taking a legal action to compensate for personal injury and damage to property.