What if You're at Fault for a Car Accident?If you're at fault for a car accident, you should know about how police, insurance companies, and other drivers or pedestrians prove fault. You should also know what to do. This post helps by pointing out how to establish who's at fault, what to do if there's been an injury, and how to handle court cases.
Car Accidents - What to Do
Once you've been in a car accident, the first step is to write everything down. How did it occur? What did you do? What did the other driver or pedestrian do? And clearly ask yourself if you've made a mistake. If you've been hurt, of course, you need not go through all this, but in instances where there are no major injuries on both sides, you want to make sure you don't forget what exactly happened.
You Hit Someone - What's Next?
Okay, so you hit someone. You must first make sure both of you are okay. What happens is you'll have to establish who was at fault. If you don't know the laws involved, and most don't, then reading is good but hiring an experience personal injury lawyer is best.
Are you at fault?
Who decides if you're at fault? A police report is your best evidence you were not at fault. If however you broke state traffic laws, such as running a red light or speeding, you are at fault. There are cases where it's almost always the other person's fault; for example, if you hit someone taking a left turn, it's 99% of the time their fault unless you broke some laws.
What do you do?
No matter if you're at fault or aren't, you need to see how this occurred. Again, writing down what exactly happened is very smart. You should also be clear with the police on what you believe occurred. The police report is the most important evidence for both sides. If the report says you were careless and made a mistake, you'll likely lose. If the other driver was hurt, and you broke some laws, you need an attorney.
Who do you hire?
Why hire a personal injury attorney? Whether you or the other driver was at fault for the accident, you need an experienced attorney who can handle your case. Perhaps you hit a pedestrian, but they tried crossing the road when you have a green light. You didn't see them, and hit them going relatively fast. If you can prove you made no mistake, an attorney can stop any form of lawsuit. This is an invaluable service.
How much will it cost?
The person at fault and their insurance company will be paying for the personal injury case. In most instances,the insurance company covers things such as medical bills, work loss, and emotional damage. For you to hire an attorney to handle your case, the rates vary, but often the attorney will take a portion of the settlement. If you're at fault for the accident, your insurance will typically pay for the bill. If you hit someone running a red light, breaking the law, that's another story. You need to consult with an attorney in either case before you say too much.