by Ashley Thompson
A vehicle accident can be extremely hassling for all parties involved, not only because there are costs involved, but there are other things to consider such as bills, repairs, therapy, and in the case of this article, potential legal repercussions regarding your situation. It's important to know what to consider legally if you've been caught up in a vehicle accident, as it can allow you to have a clearer perspective on your legal options based on your situation.
Do remember however that the considerations listed below aren't to be treated as legal advice, as they should be cross-referenced with a lawyer such as those in order to check if these are appropriate for your situation and in line with your state laws. It's important to get a good sense of where you are and the kind of environment and traffic laws you have in order to build appropriate questions for your consultation with a lawyer.
FindLaw elaborates that the legal aspects of a vehicle accident involve more about keeping yourself safe and ensuring that all measures are in place so that responsibility and liability are appropriately set. Drivers are responsible for the vehicles they drive and the passengers these cars contain. In the same token, pedestrians are responsible for making sure they also are aware of how to keep themselves safe. If you have trouble comprehending much of these rules, or if you need guidance on how to follow traffic laws best, then perhaps a legal counsel or legal professional might be someone suited for your needs.
Safety First for Assessment
Always remember that your safety comes first when it comes to understanding particular situations you're supposed to be aware of. When caught in an accident, do try to assess if you have injuries or if your vehicle has damages. If injuries or damages are present, try to see if you can move to a safe space away from the accident. If you don't have injuries, move as quickly as you could to be able to do the other tips below.
● While the advice is to move to a safe space, don't move away from the accident area unless your legal counsel allows you to do so. Leaving the scene of the accident may incur penalties as some states consider this a form of hit and run. This means you have some degree of liability as you left the scene of the accident, which means you may have involvement in the accident, even if you haven't.
● Since you're staying in the scene of the accident, try to check if other people have incurred injuries. If they have, don't try to move them or aid them, as this can worsen their situation. Immediately call for medical assistance and law enforcement in order for proper medical practitioners to be able to help the injured.
● Try calling your legal counsel as soon as possible and ask for the kind of move you should make regarding the situation. It's also best if you alert your insurer about the situation and try to explain your situation as honestly as possible.
When "communication" is mentioned, it's not necessarily just for law enforcement and medical personnel. It's important to have an open mind and a calm nature while approaching people in the scene, as it's important to make sure you gain certain information should you need to establish communication with them in the near future.
● For instance, ask law enforcement officers to file a police report about the situation so that those involved will have some form of law enforcement reference should there be a need for it. Try to ask for basic information such as their name, contact details, and their badge numbers should there be a need to communicate with them.
● Try to find basic insurance information from the other witnesses, drivers, and passengers involved in the scene. However, make sure you're not aggressive or offensive, and try to conduct your questions in a peaceful and friendly manner. Gather names, contact details, and other methods of communication should there be a need to form correspondence.
● However, when approaching them, don't ever apologize for anything in the scene, as this may have legal repercussions. If insurers approach you, don't give information unless your legal counsel allows you to. If not, or if there's no advice from their end, try to redirect them politely to your lawyer for any other concerns.
In the same token, try as much as possible to document everything that's happened in the scene including what’s happened to you after the incident. Try as much as possible to take pictures of yourself, your vehicle, damaged properties, and other parts of the incident to get an extremely accurate depiction of what's happened.
● The same thing should be done when you get yourself checked. Get copies of reports, receipts, correspondences, and prescriptions that doctors give you so there's a bigger chance of compensation should there be a need to file a suit against who's responsible for the incident.
Being caught up in a vehicle accident is something to cause alarm. There are a lot of factors to consider, most especially when it comes to health and safety. However, vehicle accidents aren't entirely just about health and safety, especially when lives are at risk. This is why there are a lot of traffic laws about vehicle accidents, and things to consider legally if you've been caught up in a vehicle accident. These are important things to study with a lawyer, especially if you don't know just what to do in these scenarios.
Disclaimer: Please remember that this article shouldn't be treated as any form of actual legal advice. It's advised you speak with a lawyer to learn about the specifics of vehicle accidents and how they can be applied to your situation.
Ashley Thompson is a promising young law writer. She hopes to apply her years of study into helping explain legal issues to the public. Ashley loves cooking and often cooks for her family during weekends.