Driving is dangerous. Last year, more than 2.1 million people received emergency care because of a car accident*. To make matters worse, driving safely doesn’t prevent you from being in a no-fault accident. If you’re ever involved in a vehicle collision you didn’t cause, you need to know what to do.
After being in a car accident, your nerves are sure to be rattled. If this is the case, you probably won’t know what to do or when to do it. Check out the information below for a complete breakdown of what to do in a no-fault accident.
As the victim of a personal injury, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. However, before you can file a claim for damages associated with your injuries (medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, etc.), you’ll need to prove the opposing driver was negligent.
A leading cause of auto collisions across the U.S. is distracted driving. Despite laws prohibiting handheld devices, motorists continue to text while driving. Several non-technical distractions also cause accidents.
It is illegal in every US state to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Nevertheless, millions of people make the grave mistake of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. More often than not, their ill-advised decisions cause serious and fatal crashes.
Traffic signals and signs keep order at intersections. Unfortunately, it only takes one reckless driver to cause a devastating intersection crash.
You may not even realize this one until it’s done improperly, but failing to yield can cause serious crashes and injuries.
If involved in an accident you didn’t cause, be sure to get the at-fault driver’s information at the scene. This is necessary if you want to file a claim for their liability insurance. If the other driver doesn’t have insurance or has low limits, you can make a claim to your insurance company.
After being in a car accident that isn’t your fault, be sure to do the following:
Calling the police is essential to securing an official and detailed scene report.
Taking videos and photographs of the scene will help verify the severity of your injuries, the damage to your personal property, and the words and actions of the negligent individual.
Even if you both know what happened, don’t point fingers at the scene. Obtain the other driver’s information and let your car accident attorney figure it out.
If you have any type of injury, seek medical attention. Check on the other driver and any vehicle occupants, including pets.
If the vehicles are in the middle of the road, try to move them out of traffic. Before doing this, get photo and video evidence of the scene.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime everywhere. It’s best to call the police department if any of the following instances occur:
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that want to decrease their bottom line. So, don’t be surprised if there’s pushback from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
They’ll do one or more of the following:
When you’ve been injured by the reckless acts of another, you need representation to fight on your behalf. Shapiro Law Team helps manage the complexities of filing a personal injury case. We’ll represent you to the best of our abilities and keep you updated throughout each process.
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