Victims of car accidents can benefit from having a basic understanding of the steps to take after an accident. Three steps that apply to almost every car crash include:
- Call 911. Call for help if anyone was injured in the accident. If you are injured, seek medical care.
- Gather information. Get information from the other driver. This should include his or her name and the name of the owner if the driver did not own the vehicle. Also get the names of any passengers and witnesses. Get a copy of a police report, if one was completed, and keep records of any medical treatment that you need as a result of the accident.
- Know the basics. Depending on the details of the accident, the other driver may be responsible for any costs that result from the crash. This could include the cost of medical expenses, property damage to your vehicle and lost wages due to missed work.
Whether you suffer from minor or severe injuries, whether your vehicle is totaled or just needs relatively minor repairs, the costs associated with the accident can quickly add up.
How can I determine who was liable for the accident? First, as noted in a publication by FindLaw, it is important to realize that a number of different parties may be responsible for the car crash.
It may be tempting to just assume the driver was liable, which is possible if the driver was not operating the vehicle safely. However, additional parties may also be liable. This could include an auto repair shop if the accident was the result of poor maintenance work or a car manufacturer if there was a defect in the vehicle which contributed to the wreck.
After that parties that may be liable for the accident, the victim will have to gather evidence to support these allegations. Since this can be a complex process, those who are considering moving forward with a case against the other driver are wise to seek legal counsel. Your attorney can reach out to investigators and reconstruction experts to help build your case, better ensuring a more favorable outcome.