How to Stay Safe and Protect Yourself After a Car Accident
No matter how good of a drive you are, car accidents are simply a part of life for many people. Everyone who drives should have an idea of what to do after a car accident to ensure they are safe and to protect themselves against legal action. Read on to learn more and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you need a free legal consultation.
It is not up to you to determine blame or liability
If someone else hit you then you may feel angry, frustrated, and ready to make sure that the other person is held accountable for their actions. The reality is that only law enforcement, insurance companies, and the courts can truly determine blame. In fact, anything you say out of anger at the scene could reduce your chances for winning the case. Do not focus on the other people involved – focus on yourself and your passengers.
Medical attention needs to top your list of things to do
Instead of trying to place blame, take the time to make sure that no one is injured. Look for injuries and then contact 9-1-1 if anyone needs emergency services. If there are no injuries then the police need to be notified, assuming there is property damage. Even if you do not believe that you have suffered a significant injury, it is important to have a medical professional look at you. For example, what feels like a minor sore neck could be a more serious spinal cord accident.
Gather as much information about the accident as you can
Once you have assured that all are safe after the accident, then it is time to start gathering information. This first includes getting the names and contact information not just of the people involved in the accident but of any witnesses as well. Write down every detail of the accident, including the time, weather conditions, road conditions, etc. Do not assume that you will remember the details as you may be in shock and quickly forget the most important info.
Take pictures of the scene
It is likely that you will have your phone on you. If you do, then take pictures of the accident scene. We can use these pictures to prove the weather, road conditions, location of the vehicles, etc. These pictures can help paint a picture for the judge or jury and they can help to ensure that you get the fair compensation you are owed.
Your case is likely to be resolved before court but we can take it as far as you need
In most cases, a personal injury lawsuit will be resolved well before it gets to court. This can save you time and money but you should still be careful not to settle for less than you deserve. The good news is that you will have Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas on your side and we are willing to take your case as far as it needs to go.