What To Know In A Legal Sense If You Had An Auto Accident

Vehicles are one of the most convenient inventions of man, as transportation has become much easier with their help. Unfortunately, given that they are manned by people means they are not perfect tools, which means accidents can happen. In today's time, being in an auto accident can become a hassle if you don't know the things you have to take note of. Here are some of the things you need to know in a legal sense if you had an auto accident.

These tips might be overwhelming, and these might not be your first instincts as a person if you are in an accident. However, reviewing these situations with your lawyer and taking their advice in these situations can spell the difference between a proper handling of the case and potential charges on your end. 

Please do take note however that these tips are not to be taken as strict legal advice. You may take note of these and try to run them through your legal counsel or a lawyer, as they are the people trained to handle your situation. 

Try Not To Leave The Scene

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It's important to remember that the accident location will become an integral part of the investigation until authorities arrive. This means it's advisable that you don't leave the scene at all unless your legal counsel says so. In this case, it's advisable for you to find a safe place within the zone of the accident and wait for immediate assistance.

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    This means it's advisable for you to call your legal counsel to identify the scenarios through which you may be allowed to leave the scene.
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    It's also important to remember that if you leave without authorization, you may be considered liable as a hit-and-run driver, so you may even have more penalties to consider. 
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    For instance, Find Law gives an in-depth list of specific state laws that tackle circumstances that are considered “hit-and-run,” or leaving the scene of an accident. Penalties include things such as jail time, fines to pay, or even the incident being marked as a felony or misdemeanor in a record. In other circumstances, license suspension may even be a consideration.

Call For Immediate Assistance

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If you've noticed there's the considerable amount of damage in vehicles, and there are persons that are injured, strive to call for law enforcement immediately and try to call nearby hospitals for assistance. This is essential in order to avoid loss of life and for immediate response. 

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    Try to ask your legal counsel if it's advisable for you to offer medical aid to people as a first responder, especially if you are trained and licensed.
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    Try to wait for law enforcement and ask your legal counsel what to do upon their arrival. These situations can get tricky, so it's advisable you wait for your legal counsel to arrive in order for the details to be fleshed out.

Get Relevant Information, Documentation

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If you're in the scene, try to get as much information as you could in the incident. This helps establish your case better should legal action be needed, and this allows you to present proper documentation to insurance providers should they ask you about the incident. After all, there can be penalties if insurance providers find out you provided wrong facts. 

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    Check if you can retrieve necessary information from the people in the scene. If there are law enforcement officials present, try to ask for their names and badge numbers in a polite manner. The same goes for individuals that are involved, in this case, ask for their names, addresses, and contact details should there be a need to contact them in the future, especially if there's legal action necessary for the situation.
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    Try to check if you can take pictures of the scene with your camera. Check for damages in your vehicle and yourself in order to present proper documentation to your insurance provider in the near future, should there be a need for you to shell out expenses.
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    Your personal injury lawyer can help you collect necessary receipts and copies of official certification when it comes to treatment and things you buy for your recovery in the incident, as these can be used for you to be able to get compensation for your expenses when your claims get approved. Having this type of documentation handy is extremely helpful in terms of getting appropriate compensation without the hassle of justifying your purchases.
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    The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has stated a set of relevant guidelines on their website on what to check and take note of should you find yourself in an accident. It may be helpful to discuss these with your lawyer to make sure you are aware of the situation from both a legal standpoint and as a driver.

The tips above would hopefully give you a general idea of what to know in a legal sense if you had an auto accident. These might be a bit complicated, and a bit overwhelming given how stressful being in an auto accident can become. However, it's important to remember that trying to keep a cool head and being understanding of the situation can be a good way to help you and your legal counsel to navigate your way in an auto accident smoothly and through proper procedures.

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