Car Crash – What to Do and FAQ
Bridgeport, Connecticut car crash attorney, Jim Miron knows that the aftermath of a car crash is a stressful time. There are many concerns that need to be addressed. Who is going to fix the car? How do I get a rental? What if the car is totaled? Who is responsible for my medical bills? What if I have to miss work? How do I get short or long term treatment if I am seriously injured? Is my injury permanent? What do I do?
These, and many other issues, cause added stress and mental anguish when you are in a car crash.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions Bridgeport, Connecticut car crash attorney Jim Miron gets:
What is the first thing I should do after a car crash?
Police should always be called to the scene of a motor vehicle collision. Dial 911 to get the police. If you are suffering from a serious injury let then know immediately so they can send an ambulance.
If you are experiencing a non apparent serious injury you should still let the police know when they arrive at the scene if you have any pain or discomfort.
You should always get checked out by a doctor after a motor vehicle crash because only a doctor can rule out a less apparent injuries such as a concussion or whiplash.
How should I interact with the other driver after a car crash?
After the initial crash, depending on the severity of the collision, you should wait for the police to arrive before engaging in conversation other than to see if the anyone needs medical assistance. Getting into a debate, or worse an altercation, about how the crash occurred does not solve anything and makes an already unpleasant situation worse.
Unfortunately, we have also seen at fault car drivers often admit fault right after the crash but change their story to the police so as to avoid a ticket. As awkward as it may seem it is best for all involved to tell their version of what happened to the police ours as part of the official police report and let the police decide who is t fault.
What about speaking to insurance after a car crash?
You will want to speak with your insurance provider. However, we strongly recommend that your first call an experienced Connecticut car crash attorney. Once we are involved, we can direct the conversation to ensure that your rights are protected. It is critical that you never speak with a representative of the other side, including their lawyers or their insurance agent, without your attorney involved. Typically, we will contact their insurance company, and yours, as your case progresses.
How is liability decided after a car crash?
In most cases, after a car crash, there has to be an apportioning of blame. If the case goes to trial, a judge will hear arguments and review evidence presented by your car crash attorney, and then make a determination on liability. Often, car crash investigators are used to make sure all the evidence is captured and presented in the most favorable way to the judge.
What is negligence?
A lot of people use the terms accident when talking about a car crash. However, the fact is, that most car crashes are not accidents and are completely avoidable. When that is the case car crash attorneys talk about the crash being the negligent driver’s fault. Negligence is a term that car crash lawyers and insurance companies use to describe fault. For example, if one of the drivers were found to be texting and did not have their eyes on the road at the time of the accident, they could be found to be completely at fault. Their failure to follow basic safety rules that are clearly understood by an average person makes them negligent.
How can we prove or disprove negligence after a car crash?
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