Key Things To Remember Legally Between Car And Truck Accidents
Disclaimer: The material presented in the article below should only be considered as a general overview regarding car and truck accidents. Should you, or anyone you know, find yourself in this situation, it’s best that you speak to a vehicle accident attorney immediately. They can help you decide on what the best legal actions are to take.
Being part of a car and truck accident can be a scary and traumatic experience. It can be difficult for you to know what you should do after the crash, and the confusion is understandable. It’s essential that you should act quickly so you can ensure that everyone involved in the accident is safe and that you follow all the necessary legal steps. If you know how to take action after the car and truck accident, it’ll help protect you from lawsuits and ensure that you’ll receive compensation for your injuries and damage from the crash. Here are the key things to remember between car and truck accidents.
- Take a moment to calm down.
You might be feeling angry, shocked, traumatized, scared or combinations of all these feelings right after the accident. But you have to remember that you have to keep your calm; this is not the time to get enraged. You should have a clear head so you can think clearly.
Don’t argue with the other driver, even if you think that they’re at fault. If you argue with them, you might provoke them and they’ll end up blaming you for the accident or be uncooperative during when you’re filing for compensation.
- Never leave the scene
Whether how minor you think the accident is, never leave the scene of the crash. Leaving the area will make you look guilty, and you may end up getting severe criminal penalties. You may also end up paying a fee worth $5000 to $20000 and could get imprisoned for up to 15 years if you leave the scene where someone is injured.
- Determining your injuries and getting checked
It’s essential that you assess yourself and other people with you for injuries right after the vehicle accident. After you’ve evaluated your party, check the other side involved in the crash. If there’s people injured, immediately call an ambulance.
And whether there’s people injured or not, make sure that you get yourself checked by a doctor as soon as you can. You should know that insurance companies may decrease or decline your claims if you don’t see a doctor immediately.
- Call the police as soon as you can
It’s always advisable that you call the police immediately. The police will be able to help you bydispatching assistance, especially if the accident is serious. Calling the police will also help you file an official police record of the car and truck accident. The police record will protect you in case of a lawsuit and serve as evidence if you file for compensation.
- Take down notes of information
To ensure that the other driver would compensate you, write down their information. When doing this, remember to be polite to avoid aggravating the other driver.
Write down the other driver’s:
- Complete name and address.
- Vehicle’s make, year, model and license number.
- Car insurance company, insurance policy number, and insurance agent contact.
If the other driver wants to exchange information with you, you should remember not to give out your social security number. Also, never let them take a picture of your driver’s license or any official government I.D.
- Talk to witnesses
You should look for anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Ask for their names, contact numbers and addresses, so you can contact them when necessary. And ask them if they’re willing to help you confirm your side of the story to the police. Witnesses are helpful when you’re filing a lawsuit or claiming for compensation.
- Take pictures or videos
You should never forget to take photos or videos of the accident. You can also take pictures of the damages on your vehicle and the other vehicle, the area and surrounding area where the accident happened. And if you have a dash cam installed on your car, make sure to save the video of the incidents that occurred. Videos and photos are reliable evidence during a lawsuit or when filing for compensation.
It’s not enjoyable to be involved in a car and truck accident, and luckily, you came out alive. When you’re involved in this kind of disaster, call a lawyer immediately. Having a lawyer by your side will help you go through this traumatic experience, they’ll guide you on what legal actions you should take. Make sure that you give your lawyer your honest recollection of the accident and all the documents that will help you when you sue or ask for compensation. This can be a devastating and traumatizing event, but you should keep a level head and act wisely.
Sylvia Johnson is equipped with 20 years of experience in the business industry, where it is her passion to help teach and enlighten others with things in the legal and business world. She writes about the law and other subjects from a practical standpoint. She enjoys playing tennis with her daughters during her free time.