Car crash is a common occurrence and it could happen to anyone. However, some people had been victims of car crash but were not duly compensated because something was wrong with their approach. This is why it is necessary to apply the tips below when you or your loved one is involved in a crash.
Whether you are right or wrong, it is necessary to remain calm. Even if you feel the other driver drove recklessly, don’t start a confrontation immediately. You will take better decision and better assessment of the situation when you are calm. Lashing out may work against you even if you aren’t at fault.
Remember, it is very likely that the other party will tweak the story to their favor. Make that a little difficult by taking photographs of the accident scene. And when the other driver sees you taking photographs, he or she may not make any attempt to twist the story.
Call an ambulance
If you or other occupants of the vehicle gets injured, you can call an ambulance for medical care. It does not end there. It is also necessary to keep a good record of your medical bills and the severity of the injuries.
Move out of traffic, call the police
In case your vehicle is obstructing traffic, you should move it out of the road. Obstructing traffic is like making other motorists pay for your accident. You should also call the police to file a report. Their account will also be needed when you file a lawsuit to seek compensation. This leads to the next point.
Involve a lawyer
Insurance companies will always find a reason to avoid paying you. So, they may turn your statement against you. This is why you should involve a car crash lawyer as early as possible. Let him handle the communication between you and the insurance companies. Don’t confront anyone and don’t admit any fault directly or by implication either. The point is, the less you talk the better for you.
Exchange contact and insurance information
You can take the insurance and contact information of the other party. However, for some reasons, the other driver may not be cooperative. Don’t force it out from him. Just snap the plate number. With that, the police can get all the required information.
Why you need a lawyer
You may be planning to file a lawsuit yourself. While this is possible, it is not advisable. Insurance companies don’t usually ask direct questions. They may appear to be concerned about your welfare but that is far from the truth. They are looking for holes in your statements that they can capitalize on to either shortchange you or escape paying any compensation. This is why it is necessary for your lawyer to be your communication interface.
Secondly, it is not likely that you will get compensated without a legal tussle and hiring a lawyer will increase your chances of winning and getting compensated.
The summary of it all is that your conduct and the steps you take will play important role in getting duly compensated. This is why the steps and tips discussed above are very important.