Protecting Your Rights at an Accident Scene
No matter how cautious you are, accidents can still occur and you might find yourself involved in one. At the scene of an accident, emotions can be at such a high, and most of us will not be able to focus on protecting our legal rights. Keep in mind that your composure and conduct at the time of the accident can considerably affect the outcome of your case, especially if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
If you are involved in an accident, here are some of the things you can do to preserve useful evidence for your future personal injury claim:
Take photos of the accident scene. Most people have their cellphones with them nowadays. Use this to take as many photos as you can with as many different angles as possible. You wouldn’t know which evidence will prove to be useful later on. If it is not possible for you to take photos, have someone photograph your injuries.
Seek medical treatment immediately. If you have any injuries, no matter how minor they might seem, make sure to get medical attention. Minor injuries can lead to more complex conditions or injuries once the initial adrenaline rush wears off.
Be keen to details. It is advisable to write down as many details as you can about the accident. Why? As time passes, it can be harder to remember the facts.
Keep the details between yourself and authorities. Do not discuss the details of the accident with anyone, especially strangers. They might later speak to a private investigator and provide delicate information that could damage your case.
Never do something that might imply your admission of blame for the accident. A simple statement such as “I’m sorry” can be considered as an admission of guilt – be careful of such things.
Obtain all names and information of witnesses at the scene of the accident. These people may prove to be useful in the future. There might be certain facts unknown to you but are known to them. Their information can be useful to your case.
Inform your insurance provider immediately. The details of the accident should be discussed with your insurance provider. Make sure to never leave any details out and ensure that all information you provide is nothing but the truth.
Even if you do not like to file for a claim, it is best to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. When the evidence is still fresh, it is easier to build a case. Call us at 1.855.905.9222. We provide full assistance and a free consultation.