You will need to take steps to protect your legal rights at the scene of a car accident.
If you were not at fault in the accident, the other driver is liable for your damages.
You will need to file an injury claim with their insurance provider to seek compensation.
Collecting as much evidence as possible can help show distracted driving was the cause, and help you receive compensation for the property damage and medical costs from the injuries you experience.
Here is what you should do at the scene of the accident to help strengthen your claim.
Immediately after the car accident, it might be difficult to determine who was at fault, (unless it's something obvious like drunk driving, where the other driver is clearly impaired) but even if you think you were, you should never apologize or admit guilt.
When talking to the other driver, get their name, number, address, insurance information, license plate number, make and model of their vehicle, accident location, and drivers' license number. If there were passengers, you should also ask for their names, numbers, and addresses.
Talk To Potential Witnesses
If there were any witnesses to your Car Accident, be sure to take down their names, numbers, and addresses as well. This will help your Athens Personal Injury Lawyer to get witness statements later to help your accident claim. If it is hard for the police to tell on the scene that was at fault, an eyewitness will be a paramount factor in who gets cited for the accident.
If at all possible, getting photos of the accident scene, will help your accident claim. There is no such thing as a common car accident, that's why it is important to collect as much information as possible.
You want to make sure that you collect as much information as you can so that you have all of the legal options available to you.
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Obtain Police Report
Ask the Athens police officer on the scene for their name, phone number, badge number, and police report. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to obtain the police report. If the other driver is trying to dispute blame, it will be useful to have a copy of the police officers' opinion. This will help during the insurance claims process.
Get Medical Records
If you obtain medical attention such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, or other medical treatment for any reason after the crash, you will need to keep a detailed account of the procedures that were received. You will also need a copy of all medical reports and bills from the medical attention you received. This will be vital to receiving fair compensation.
Call A Car Accident Injury Lawyer Near You
If you have been in a car accident that was not your fault, The Brown Firm has experienced Personal Injury Attorneys who can help you maximize your recovery and defend your interests.
The Brown Firm represents people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. We take a personal approach to ensure that your case is receiving the proper amount of time and attention.