Sometimes, automobile accidents can happen due to human error. However, one of the leading causes of these accidents is driver negligence. When an accident happens due to negligence, it can cause serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action in order to hold a negligent driver liable. To do so properly, there are certain steps that should be taken after an accident. Continue reading below to learn more.
What do I do After an Accident?
Regardless of the type of vehicle that a person drives or is involved in an accident with, there are certain steps that should be taken after an accident that can maximize the potential of their claim. This includes the following:
- Call the police. This should be done even if the other party involved tells you not to. The police can keep the scene safe, draft an official police report, take witness statements, and more.
- Do not apologize. While it can be an impulse to apologize, this can sometimes be seen as an admission of fault for your involvement. Instead, be polite and avoid apologies.
- Take pictures or video of the scene, including any broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, bloodstains, inclement weather or poor road conditions.
- Record information such as witness contact information and the registration information of the vehicles.
- Receive medical attention immediately. This should be done even if you do not feel injured because symptoms can show up later on. See a doctor for an official diagnosis.
Pursuing Legal Action
Those who are injured in an accident due to negligence can pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim. This is done to hold them liable for their behavior that caused the accident. To do so, the injured party is required to show, with evidence, that negligence took place and directly caused their injuries. Evidence that can help do so can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the scene, witness statements, a police report, and more. If the injured party is successful in doing so, compensation may be awarded as coverage for any damages.
Contact our Firm
We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.