Getting into a car accident can be a frustrating and painful experience. The lawsuit that follows only makes the experience that much more exhausting. You’ll be asked several questions, usually in repetition. You’ll be asked to provide proof and paperwork. And in doing so, you’ll wish you had known what steps to take before the lawsuit began to best help your claim. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents answered, to best help your legal claim.
Should I Call The Police, Even if it’s a Seemingly Minor Accident?
Yes, always call the police to the scene of a car accident, even if it is just a fender bender and nobody seems hurt. While it’s not required by law, it will help you, should you choose to take the case to court. Because the truth is, you never know what the other person will say to their insurance company. So, it’s best to stay on the safe side and protect yourself by calling 911.
Should I Visit the Doctor, Even if I Don’t Appear to be Hurt?
The answer to this is also yes. You should always take a trip to the doctor after any accident. At first, your injuries may not be apparent. In fact, it can take several days to show the signs of a brain injury, and many other injuries can go unnoticed for quite a while. A doctor will be able to give a better evaluation of injury and will provide a report that can help you, should you go to court.
Should I Talk to the Other Driver’s Insurance Agency?
The best answer here is no. The other insurance agency is looking to get their driver off the hook. Talking to them will only help their case. It is in your best interest to minimize contact and decline any recorded statements (you are not legally required to make one). In fact, if you are planning on hiring an attorney for your case, you should direct all calls to them.
What if I Was Breaking the Law at the Time of the Accident (e.g. Speeding)?
This actually depends on the specifics of your case. If the accident would have happened regardless due to the other driver’s neglect, it may be possible to still receive compensation. This sort of situation is very difficult to prove, so you will need an experienced attorney. It will also help if you called the police to the scene and visited the doctor for injury.
Hire an Experienced Austin Car Accident Attorney
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is complicated and frustrating. Hiring an experienced car accident attorney can help eliminate this frustration and allow you to get the most compensation possible. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas online or call us toll-free at 1-866-760-0358 for a free consultation.