FAQs About Car and Truck Accidents
No one turns their vehicle on and starts driving thinking they’ll be in an accident that same day, but it can happen to anyone. Some accidents are more severe than others, but nonetheless, there are important steps of action to take if you are able to do so immediately after the accident occurred. If you’ve never been in an accident before, that’s okay. We’re here to answer any and all questions you have about being an accident and what you need to do. We look at some commonly asked questions that arise when our clients have been in an accident. We answer the main questions for you.
What should I do immediately after a car accident?
The first thing you should do after you’ve been in an accident is to call the police, which is if you can. Some people are involved in injuries that lead them to the hospital immediately after. If this happens, the police will take care of everything. Failure to call the police afterward can leave you with a lack of evidence and support throughout your case.
What kinds of statements should I make when I talk to the police?
When you do call the police and when they arrive at the scene, you want to give as many details as possible. Tell them about what happened right before the accident. Let them know where you were coming from and where you were headed to. Take pictures, tell them exactly how it happened. When they compile a police report with everything you just told them, the odds are in your favor and the insurance companies are more likely to cover the damages of your vehicle.
How do I consult an attorney after a car wreck?
You can always call a lawyer or make an appointment to be seen in the office. When you make an appointment, a lawyer will sit you down and spend time talking about the plan of action to take. Take this opportunity to get to know the lawyer and get a feel for how much they are willing to do for you throughout the process.
What do I do if I am at fault for the wreck?
Before you admit to fault, you have to allow yourself the time to think clearly. Right after an accident, you might be in shock so it can be hard to trace back the details. If this is the case, take a minute to retrace the events. If the investigation finds that you are at fault for the wreck, just comply with your insurer, as they may be able to cover the damages.
What if the other driver is at fault for the accident?
If the other driver is at fault for the accident, there is not much for you to worry about. Oftentimes, you will be compensated for any damage done to your car or any injuries you may have experienced due to the accident. A lawyer will do everything they can to make sure you receive a settlement that covers short-term and long-term expenses and bills.
What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
The situation depends if the other driver does not have insurance. Some policies may have uninsured coverage and can apply that to the accident, but that’s not always the case. If the other driver was at fault and does not have insurance, they may need to pay for damages out of pocket. There are many possible scenarios that can take place.
Who determines who is responsible for a traffic accident?
State traffic laws are used in an investigation to determine who was responsible for the accident. Your lawyer and the insurer will apply these laws to find liability and they will go from there to proceed with the investigation.
Can I sue for negligence if I was hit by someone who was texting while driving?
A person is allowed to seek punitive damages based on the cause of the accident, especially if it involved texting while driving. Punitive damages are meant solely to punish the person at fault for engaging in an act that caused harm.
What if I have been injured by a drunk driver?
You can also sue a driver if they were drunk. Oftentimes, they will be held liable for the harm and damage they caused. You may also be entitled to punitive damages.
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If you’ve been in a car accident, it is important to consult a lawyer and hire one right away. The attorneys at Huerta Law Firm want to be able to help you. Allow us to do the talking and paperwork that way you don’t have to worry. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.