Auto accidents happen; when they do…..what next?
Each year an alarming number of auto related accidents occur in the United States of America. Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 35,092 U.S. citizens lost their lives on our roadways in 2015. Sadly, this was an increase from 32,744 recorded back in 2014. The statistics on those injured or disabled after an auto accident are equally disturbing! The good news is that these numbers can be easily reduced. Many factors that contribute to these accidents such as cell phone distraction, drunk driving, patience, poor eyesight, etc. are mostly and easily preventable…..reasonable precautions and responsibility is all it takes.
To date, many people are unaware of the proper steps that should be taken when involved in an auto accident. No matter what situation you’re in, it is imperative that you know your legal rights and responsibilities after the accident. No all accidents are the same. You will not go through ordeal with each. Sometimes you’ll have to deal with citations, medical issues, insurance claims, lawsuits, etc. You should strongly consider having legal representation to help in matters such as these. A large majority of contracts or agreements were written in a language only they can fully understand. Your legal counsel will help you understand your legal rights and options. Investing in legal representation is a smart investment in yourself and time.
There’s a couple things you should do after you’ve been involved in an auto related accident:
a) Call the police to the scene and file a report. ***Please note that in some state the police aren’t obligated to come unless there’s a bodily injury or injuries.
b) Exchange information with the driver(s) of the other car(s). Collect information such as their driver’s license, address, phone number and insurance information. And if there are witnesses at the scene take down their information as well!
c) Take photos of all vehicles involved as well as the scene (location) of the accident.
These steps is all it takes to moving forward will the process. I hope the information in this blog has helped in any way. Safe driving everyone!