Car Accident Law: You’re To-Do List after Car Accident

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Did you know that around 80% of the accident cases in US are related to car accidents? Yes that is concerning, but the options to avoid them is very limited. Because you may get injured because of someone else’s fault. And in 70% accident cases the victim is injured by others negligence.

Get medical attention, that’s what I am going to say to you after an accident. And after that you if you think someone should be charged for that accident then you can take help from the car accident law. Accident law can be a little complicated. And what to do after an accident gets effected by it in different ways. So what to do after an accident depends on who you are.

If you are a victim

  1. Get medical attention, yes I am saying that again because it’s really important.
  2. Write down about everything happened at the accident.
  3. Try to find witnesses who can verify it.
  4. Get photographs or evidences.
  5. Get a car accident lawyer to file a case and deal with it.

For Insurance

  1. Always try to get more coverage. Because in most states the minimum requirement amount is very low.
  2. File a claim as soon as possible after an accident.
  3. Co-operate with the investigator.

If you are being charged

  1. Get a car accident lawyer to defend you.
  2. Tell your lawyer about the truth even if you are guilty.
  3. Try to collect evidences and witnesses regarding the case.
  4. Never try to handle anything without your lawyer.
  5. Don’t discuss anything with anyone but your lawyer.

By being charged, you can get charged for several liabilities. They are such as:

  1. Liability of Injury: if you injure someone with the accident you may have to pay the victims medical expense.
  2. Liability of Property Damage: Same as injury liability, but applicable for damage of any property.

But you can get charged by both liabilities if you applicable. As example if you hit another car with passengers onboard.

At the end all I want to advice you is that never hide anything from your lawyer even if you are at fault. Your attorney is bound to keep all your info confidential and private. So let your attorney know about every inches of the case if you want to get defended properly. And if you can co-operate with your lawyer properly then there is always a higher chance of winning the case. So always remember what Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

 

Stephen Zee

 

7 Comments
  1. Kate

    June 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    An employer might be legally responsible for a car accident caused by an employee if the employee was on a work-related call at the time of the accident. In such an accident, the injured person is more likely to sue the employer, rather than the employee-driver, because the employer typically has more money — “deeper pockets,” as lawyers say — to pay a settlement or lawsuit judgment. This is why growing numbers of employers prohibit employees from making or taking work-related calls while driving. (To learn more about employer responsibility for an employee’s cell phone use in a car, read A article Cell Phone Policies for Employees Who Drive.)

  2. Samm J.

    June 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Vigilance and keeping a proper lookout. Drivers have a duty to be alert and to maintain a careful lookout for other vehicles, pedestrians, and road hazards. Drivers are expected to see the things that an ordinary, prudent person would see. A failure to keep a proper lookout — by, for example, failing to take care when driving by a road construction site or a school crossing — can constitute negligence.

  3. Daniel HM

    June 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Negligence is a legal theory often used in car accident cases. A driver must use care to avoid injuring other motorists, passengers, or pedestrians — basically, anyone that he or she encounters on the road. If a driver is not reasonably careful and injures someone as a result, the driver is liable for injuring the accident victim.

  4. Cullen

    June 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Maintaining control of the car . Drivers are expected to keep their car under control by, for example, being able to stop quickly. Negligence may be inferred if a car loses control (such as overturning or leaving the road) for no apparent reason.In some recent cases, plaintiffs have argued (and some courts have agreed) that a driver was legally at fault for the accident (“negligent,” in legalese) because the driver used a cell phone immediately before or during the collision.

  5. Nancy S.

    June 27, 2014 at 3:43 am

    The family purpose doctrine. Some states adopt the “family purpose” doctrine. In those states, when someone purchases and maintains a car for general family use, the owner of that vehicle (generally, dad or mom) is liable for negligent driving by any family member using the car.Signing a minor’s driver’s license application. Some states have laws that make the person who signs a minor’s driver’s license application legally responsible for the minor’s negligent driving. So, if a parent signs the application, the parent will be liable for the child’s negligent driving.

  6. Julie F

    June 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Negligent entrustment. If a parent lends the family car to a minor child knowing the child is incompetent, reckless, or inexperienced, the parent may be liable for damage caused by the child’s driving. This legal theory is called negligent entrustment (see “When You Let an Incompetent or Unfit Driver Use Your Car,” below).

  7. Adam K.

    June 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    In most car accident cases, the key issue is determining which driver is at fault for the accident. Usually, if one driver is negligent — that is, did not use reasonable care or caution while driving — he or she will be at fault. (To learn more about fault in car accidents, read A article Car Accidents: Proving Fault.) In a negligent entrustment case, the plaintiff (the person bringing the law suit) must prove that the car owner knew, or should have known, that the driver was incompetent at the time that permission was given.

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