Legal steps to take after a car accident
By Shagun Mahendroo
1)Make sure that everyone is safe.
After a car accident, the first thing you should do is examine everyone's condition. If you've been hurt, it's advisable to call an ambulance or someone nearby for assistance right away. Seeking urgent medical attention will not only save your life, but will also ensure that you receive the recompense you deserve.
You can include the findings of your medical tests as proof in your claim, which can help you win. You must, however, ensure that your doctor is on your side. If you do not follow their advice and your illness worsens, they may file a lawsuit against you, lowering the amount you can receive. As a result, try to obey them as much as possible.
2)Examine the accident site.
After you've ensured everyone's safety, you'll need to examine the situation. Here are the steps you'll need to:
Turn on your emergency lights and hazards to alert others that an accident has occurred.
You may reposition your car if it is safe to do so so that others can pass easily. If it poses a higher risk, leave it alone and let the authorities deal with it.
Take images and videos of the whole accident scene, including all damages, with your smartphone.
If you can, gather as much evidence as possible from the crime scene. This is a crucial step you may need to take in order to improve your chances of winning the settlement case if you ever need to file a lawsuit.
3) Contact the authorities.
After you've taken the first steps, you'll need to contact authorities for assistance. The dispatcher may ask you several questions about the incident when you contact them. When responding to the questions, provide only relevant information and, to the extent feasible, avoid mentioning details about which you are unsure, such as who caused the accident.
The dispatcher will send out police officers to investigate the scene as soon as possible after receiving the call. When they arrive, they'll interview everyone involved in the collision in order to compile a police report. After that, make sure you have a copy of the report on hand to aid your legal team's inquiry. It may not be admissible in court as proof, but it aids in determining who is at fault.
4) Gather information.
Exchange information with the other party involved in the collision, and make a note of the following crucial details:
Full name, address, and phone number of the driver.
The insurance company and policy number of the motorist.
The driver's licence and plate number, as well as other information such as the car's year of manufacture and model.
Furthermore, to boost your chances of winning the lawsuit or collecting the insurance claim, you, together with your lawyer, will have to collect key pieces of evidence such as:
Inspection reports detailing the cost of all your vehicle's damages.
Medical records, such as bills, doctor's notes, medication lists, hospital orders, and other documentation from different health professionals engaged in your injuries' treatment.
Loss of income records, especially if your capacity to work was seriously harmed as a result of the accident.
5)Engage in a lawyer.
If you want your case to be successful, one of the most crucial things you can do is hire a personal injury lawyer. The legal system is full of complicated concepts that are difficult to grasp for the average person. You also won't have to deal with your insurance company because your lawyer will handle everything for you, ensuring that you get what's rightfully yours.