Car Accident FAQ
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If you have been injured in an accident, you may have many questions regarding your future. Where can you turn? What can you do to receive the compensation that you deserve? At Lee Law Office, we strive to help our clients resolve their issues quickly and effectively. If you do not find an answer to a question you have here, do not hesitate in contacting us to speak with an attorney.
What information should I get after a car accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, the first step after any car accident, even a minor one, is to talk to the other drivers of vehicles involved in the collision. Get their names and contact information, as well as driver's license and insurance information. Write down everything from the driver's licenses, including the state of issue and ID number. If the driver of the car is not the owner, be sure to get the owner's contact information as well. Don't just depend on the police to get this information for you because the police make mistakes too and sometimes they leave out important information.
If the police responds to the crash or takes down a report, get the police officer's contact information, as well as the incident or report number, for future reference. It is also important to begin gathering information from witnesses, including passengers in other vehicles involved in the auto accident, as well as other drivers or pedestrians. Get their contact information, as well as a statement of what they saw, so that you, your insurance agency.
Lastly, never admit liability and take photographs to document skid marks, vehicle damage, road obstructions, and injuries.
Should I call the police after an auto accident?
Yes, always call the police after a car accident even with "minor" accidents! This is absolutely critical in an accident involving injuries or major damage. If the police do not respond quickly, please wait for them. The information they collect about the accident can be crucial to your claim against the other driver.
Should I notify my insurance company of the accident?
A. Yes. You have a duty to cooperate with your own insurance company. Most insurance companies require their policyholders to promptly report every auto accident so that they can gather basic information. In fact, failure to provide information to your insurance company in a timely manner can result in loss of coverage for the accident. However, you should avoid making statements about who was at fault in the accident and only relate the facts of the accident as they occurred. You should consult a personal injury attorney before providing any other information to the insurance company.
Should I talk to the other driver's insurance company? What if they call me?
Never give a statement about the auto accident to the insurance company representing the other driver. If you are contacted by the insurance company, you are within your rights to refuse to speak with them. Be polite, but do not provide any information about the accident. Insurance claims adjusters are professional negotiators, and will use any information you provide to hurt your claim against their agency.
They may also present a settlement offer before you have had a chance to speak with an attorney If you accept this settlement, you will not be able to pursue additional money for your injuries. Do not sign any paperwork, including a settlement or a release of medical records, before you are aware of your rights under the law.