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Chances of Being Involved in a Car Accident

Most drivers are likely to be in a car accident at least once in their lifetime. Being the safest driver on the road won’t save you from a random car barreling through a red light or a truck splaying towards you on an icy road. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. No matter when it happens, there are a few safety and practical things you should know beforehand.

Auto Accident Advice

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with a crash so that an auto accident doesn’t wreck YOU!

  1. Always report the accident to the police. Sometimes people suggest you should just exchange insurance information and agree to settle damages privately. NEVER agree to this. Documentation of crash details, validation of insurance coverage and expiry, and positive identification of driver’s personal information is vital to determining liability and responsibility for recovering damages. Get the officer’s name and ID number as well. You are also entitled to a copy of the accident report.
  2. Emotions run high under stress. Keep your temper and don’t admit fault. Checking on the welfare of others, who even may have caused an the accident,  is absolutely fine, but be polite and don’t lash out or make accusations. Staying calm will help everyone involved.
  3. DO get information, like names, license plate numbers, insurance coverage and makes/models of vehicles. It would even be appropriate to ask if the driver is the registered owner of the vehicle. One in 7 motorists are uninsured. Gleaning as much information as possible will be useful later.
  4. Seek medical attention immediately-even if you think you’re not hurt. Shock may keep injuries from appearing right away, as many can be serious if unchecked. Whiplash or compressed vertebra may not exhibit symptoms until a couple of days or more after the injury. Make sure all passengers are also checked. Never move someone that cannot move themselves. Wait for emergency services to aid victims.
  5. Take pictures of the accident scene and damages. It may not always be possible, but images can make a big difference later, especially if there is a party trying to avoid legal/financial responsibility or when “he said/she said” explanations start to slant away from details and the truth.
  6. Never sign anything unless it’s a police report or from your own insurance agent. Even in the event you may be responsible for the accident, never admit guilt. Let the police and the insurance company determined fault. Then call Fielding Law Group for a free accident consultation and estimated value of your claim

Auto Accident Expert Legal Help

After an auto accident, life can seem like it hit the “pause” button, especially if you or a loved one have been injured. Shock can set in, physical and emotional injuries need attention, there are statements and accident reports to be filed, and claims to be made. It seems as though everything needs your immediate attention-and it can get very overwhelming fast! You need someone with expert legal experience, like an attorney from the personal injury team at Fielding Law Group, to help secure the coverage and care you are entitled to.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call Fielding Law Group today!