Car accidents occur with little notice, even when you’re a skilled and conscientious driver. That’s why it’s difficult for many car accident victims to take the right steps after being involved in a collision. This guide explains what you can do to preserve your health, while also ensuring that negligent drivers are held accountable for their harmful actions.
Even minor accidents require the presence of law enforcement at the scene. Police can help control the flow of traffic around any downed vehicles to prevent more accidents from occurring. They’ll also compile a report regarding what occurred, which can be very valuable if there are disputes about who caused the accident. Be sure to request a copy of the report, while also making note of the officer’s name and badge number.
Bystanders at the scene of the accident can also provide a valuable perspective into what occurred. If there are witnesses, ask for their names and contact information so they can provide a statement later. If another driver involved in the collision disputes the role they played, witness testimony will offer an unbiased version of the event.
Even if you feel relatively well after an accident, there could be lingering medical issues. For example, some people with whiplash don’t experience discomfort until days or even weeks later. Undergoing an exam with your family doctor will uncover any hidden injuries so they can be treated in a timely manner. You can also use the doctor’s report to establish what injuries you experienced, which supports your case if you’re asking for compensation.
Whether speaking with your insurer or another driver’s insurance company, be careful about how you report the accident. You don’t want to assume responsibility for what occurred, as this can affect the outcome of any accident claims you make down the line. Even something as innocent as an apology can be construed as an admission of guilt.
Insurance companies are sometimes reluctant to provide the proper compensation after an accident. The other driver may also dispute they were at fault, which means your case could go to court.
In this instance, finding the right legal counsel is an absolute must. Our team of personal injury attorneys at Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. are dedicated to supporting Albuquerque residents when they need help most. We have experience with driver negligence, distracted driving, and multi-vehicle accidents. Schedule a consultation by calling 505-343-1776 or contact our firm to learn more.