Wrapping up the two-part blog After a Car Accident: 5 Steps to Take to Protect Your Rights, in the following, we will discuss three additional steps all drivers should take if (or when) they are involved in any type of traffic accident. It’s important to point out that, if drivers are unable to take these steps because they are severely injured in the accident, the only step they will need to take is to contact an experienced car accident attorney, who can work on their behalf to help them obtain the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses.
Once drivers have contact the police to respond to the car accident, some of the next important steps to take include the following…
Step 3: Take Pictures of the Damage
Whether you have a disposable camera in your glove compartment or your cellphone can take pictures, making sure to take as many pictures as possible of the damage resulting from the car accident will only help your case. This is because these photos can be crucial evidence to back up your side of the story later when it comes to determining fault in the case, proving the extent of your damage, etc.
As you take pictures of the aftermath of the accident, be sure to capture photos (if and when possible) of the damage to your car, other vehicles and fixed objects (like signage, for example) that may have been damaged in the collision. It’s also a good idea to take pictures of any visible injuries that you or your passengers may have sustained.
Step 4: Call Your Insurer to Report the Accident
As soon as you are able to do so, be sure to call your car insurance carrier to report the accident. When discussing the collision with your insurer, make sure you do NOT admit to having any blame in the collision. Instead, stick to the facts of the car accident. You can do this by simply stating when the accident occurred (day and time), who else may have been involved in the accident, etc.
If you make the mistake of admitting fault in the accident, you could cause your compensation to be dramatically undercut or your car accident claim to be outright denied by your insurer.
Step 5: Call an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Because insurers are notorious for trying to limit the compensation they pay in car accident cases – and because even the slightest misstep in reporting car accidents to insurers can significantly impact your claim, hiring an experienced car accident lawyer is crucial to protecting your rights and ensuring that you are able to secure the compensation you need and deserve.
Pasadena Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a car accident or in any type of motor vehicle accident, you can rely on the Pasadena car accident attorneys at Binder and Associates to aggressively defend your rights to compensation in any necessary legal setting. Since 1973, our lawyers have been helping accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses by standing up to defense lawyers and insurers alike.
You can arrange for your free initial consultation to receive trusted advice from an experienced legal professional at no cost or obligation to you by calling 626-793-9124 or 800-310-1529 or by emailing us using the form on the right-hand side of this page.