Dealing with the Aftermath of a Car Accident: Your Steps When No Witnesses Are Present
Imagine getting involved in a car accident, but there are not any impartial bystanders around to testify about who was to blame. If there are no witnesses, does it mean that you have no legal options? That is not entirely true. Continue reading to discover how you might be able to seek compensation for your injuries even if there are no witnesses and it is a case of your word against theirs.
Then, for a no-cost legal consultation, get in touch with Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707.
Stay at the Scene and Inform the Police
Regrettably, in the absence of witnesses, some individuals might flee the accident scene, especially if they are aware they are at fault. Regardless of whether the other driver does this, it is essential that you stay put until you have informed the police and assistance has arrived. The only exceptions to this are if it is hazardous to remain at the accident site or if you must seek immediate medical attention for someone. Otherwise, leaving an accident scene is against the law.
Cooperate with the Police but Watch Your Words
Ideally, the police should be impartial and there to evaluate the situation. If they can ascertain who was at fault, they will include this in their police report. While it is important to cooperate and be honest, you should refrain from volunteering too much information. Be mindful that your words might be misconstrued or taken out of context. Avoid apologizing or accepting any blame for the incident.
Take Photographs and Videos
Regardless of whether you believe it will be useful, capture photos and video of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, any injuries sustained, and anything else that can shed light on the incident. This documentation is crucial so that we can collaborate with accident reconstruction specialists to piece together how the accident transpired. This can be done by examining the vehicle damage, road evidence (such as tire marks), and other details in the photos and videos. If you are not injured and it is safe, capture as many images and videos as possible.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
It is crucial to seek medical attention immediately following an accident, both for your wellbeing and to establish a record of your injuries. Document all injuries and maintain a diary detailing how these injuries impact your daily life. The more proof you can provide, the better your chances. If you need to request a free legal consultation, you can reach Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas now at 909-982-0707.