Millions of people are hurt or killed in car crashes every year. This is why you should know how to protect yourself legally if you are in a car crash. If you are in an accident, there is a chance that you would be sued for damages and for the pain and suffering for the other party. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself.
1. Don't Admit You Were At Fault, Even If You Were
After the accident you might be tempted to make a statement that assumes responsibility for the accident. For instance, you might say, "I looked away for one second and then it happened." Or you could admit that you were on your phone, on medication, or something else. Even if you were at fault for the accident, now is not the time to say it. Instead, you can simply apologize for the situation. Like "I am sorry about your car" but you should never let the other party know that you caused the accident. They may have been just as guilty as you are, but when you admit it you give them more leverage legally.
2. Call The Police and Stay Until They Dismiss You
Even if the accident was small or seemingly simple, you should still call the police to come to the site. The reason for this is that the police will make an official report. This report can be used in court if there is a lawsuit. If you don't file official documents it could easily become a "he said, she said" battle.
When the police come you should stay until they dismiss you. If you happen to leave earlier or don't wait for the police, it could be considered a hit and run. This will cause more problems for you.
3. Take Picture and Write Down Your Experience Immediately
Lastly, you should take as many pictures as you can right at the scene. With cell phone cameras most people have the capabilities to take photos right there. These pictures may be helpful in proving how the accident happened, exactly what damage there was, and much more.
In addition, you should write down your side of the story right away. When you get home write down any facts you remember about the accident. This will provide a helpful resource should you go to court.
For assistance with an automobile accident, talk to a lawyer.Share