What Should You Do After an Auto Accident?
Document the How the Accident Occurred and Gather Evidence
- Call the police and file an auto accident report. Filing a police report will document the facts of the accident and help determine who was at fault.
- Gather information at the accident scene. Anyone involved in a car accident is required by law to exchange contact and insurance information. If you are able, you should take photos of the damage to the vehicles (perhaps with a cell phone camera) and obtain the names and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
- Do not give statements to the insurance companies’ representatives about the car accident, without first contacting a competent accident lawyer. The information you give the insurance companies can be detrimental to your case later on.
Seek Quality Legal Representation
Fault for Auto Accidents
The burden of proving negligence, however, is on the injured party. It falls on the victim to show that the driver who caused the car accident was negligent and that the accident caused injuries deserving of compensation.
An experienced and reputable accident lawyer will skillfully navigate an injured person’s claims through the complexities of the court system, pinpointing the legal bases for the claims and quantifying the damages to which the injured individual is entitled.
Additional Sources of Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
A resourceful accident lawyer will investigate all sources of compensation and pursue all avenues of recovery for injured claimants. You and the passengers in your vehicle may have claims against additional parties who bear responsibility for the car accident.
- All owners of a vehicle may be liable for the negligent conduct of the driver.
- Employers may bear responsibility for auto accidents caused by their employees while on the job.
- Government agencies may share in the fault for the auto accident. Cities, counties, and even the state may have failed to design, construct, and maintain safe roads or implement proper traffic controls.
- Auto manufacturers may face separate liability for negligent design or defective manufacture of a vehicle (or a component part) for injuries arising from a car accident. Injuries may be caused, for example, from seatbelt malfunctions, air bag failures, or tire defects. Design and manufacturing problems are myriad and include structural instabilities leading to vehicle rollovers, gas tank explosions and fuel-fed fires, and avoidable roof crush.