If you find yourself in an auto accident and believe you have a case, call today for a free consultation. An auto accident is defined as a vehicle colliding with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other obstructions. While most often the automobile driver is at fault, it is not always the case.
Negligent pedestrians or bicyclists are the cause of many auto-related accidents. Cyclists who do not follow the laws can be a cause, as well as entitled pedestrians who do not want to abide by standard practices. Auto accidents can happen at any time. It is best to know your rights if and when one does occur. If you are unsure of your situation, call Tom Pattenaude today for a free consultation.
Just as with bicycle accidents, not all physical damages or injuries appear immediately. Drivers and passengers that have been in car crashes often experience body pains in the days and weeks to follow an accident rather than urgently after the accident. If you are in an accident, it is best to document everything that happens in terms of physical aches and pains.
What to do if you are in an Auto Accident
Whenever you do find yourself in either a minor or serious crash or collision, be sure to follow the below, general protocol:
First First and foremost, make sure everyone involved is OK. If there are any major injuries, call 911 immediately for an ambulance. Take care of all passengers or pedestrians involved before worrying about how the accident happened.
Just as with bicycle accidents, not all physical damages or injuries appear right away. Drivers and passengers that have been in car crashes often experience body pains and aches in the days and weeks that follow an accident rather than immediately after. If you are in an accident, it is best to document everything that happens, whether at the scene of the accident or the days that follow.
2. File a Police Report
While some people may try and deter you from notifying the police for a report, it will be beneficial to you in the long run if you plan to file a claim. The only time you must legally report an auto accident in California is when the crash or collision caused serious injuries or death. Even when there are no major injuries or even property damage done, it is best to have the accident on record.
3. Document Everything
Take photos of all vehicles involved, their license plates and document any damage done. Always take down contact information from each party involved and any available witnesses. All of this information will prove as helpful evidence if you are to file a claim. It is also important to take down and exchange automobile insurance information.
4. Follow Up
Be sure to follow-up with your insurance company. Let them know you’ve been involved in a car accident and what happened from your point of view.
Once all of the above has been complete, and you plan to file a claim, contact an experienced attorney.
When in an auto accident, it is best to remain calm. Even if you believe you are at fault in the situation, it is best to keep that information to yourself. For all you know, the driver of the vehicle you hit could be drunk or otherwise impaired. Be polite, and try to make the situation as smooth as possible without discussing too much.
If you believe there is a chance the accident was at the fault of another party involved, you may have a case. Not all guilty parties are obvious at first either. Some road laws are tricky and can prove to work in favor of seemingly at-fault drivers. If you are unsure of the situation you faced or would like a free consultation, contact our office today to provide further guidance on your auto accident.
Automobile accident cases can be daunting without proper guidance. Don’t do what so many people do and try to see if your pain will go away or for the other parties involved to pay for the damages out-of-pocket. All that does is decrease the amount of compensation paid by the liable party. Stand up for yourself and your family and seek justice by calling Thomas Pattenaude today.
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If you believe you have a personal injury case or are in question on whether you should file a claim, call in today for a free evaluation. We only take valid cases and will provide as much guidance as possible on how to determine so. Contact us today to find out more.