Anytime that you are involved in a car accident, it is quite scary. Even if it wasn’t your fault, you may panic and do something that you shouldn’t do. You could make the situation a whole lot worse.
When the accident is your fault, you may have a lot of guilt. If someone is seriously injured (or even killed), it can be even worse. However, it is important that you act carefully throughout this difficult time.
Here are some things that you should think about if you are involved in a car accident where someone was seriously injured (or even killed).
What Should You Do At the Scene of the Crime?
Though this can be the hardest thing to do, it is important that you remain calm. You are going to need to be able to think clearly and not react in anger.
Don’t ever leave.
Anytime that you are involved in an accident, you need to stay until the police arrive at the scene.
If anyone is hurt, make sure that they get medical attention.
If you are able to provide some first aid, you should. If they need more serious attention, make sure that you call 911. You should also call 911 to report your accident to the police.
Don’t forget to get relevant information.
You are going to need the names and addresses of all of the people who were involved, as well as their insurance information. You should also include the information of the vehicles that were involved in the crash.
Take pictures of the damage.
It is important to find out what the damage is. It is even better to take pictures for your records so you can see exactly what happened to the vehicles that were involved. You may also want to take pictures of the scene. If there were stop signs or traffic lights nearby, make sure that you take pictures of them.
What About My Car Insurance?
The whole reason that you have car insurance is to protect yourself if you are involved in an accident. It will help to cover any medical costs that may occur due to the accident, both for you and the other people who are involved. It also may cover additional damages that you or others involved may incur.
Just because you have insurance doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to face a lawsuit. However, your insurance company will help during this time.
Because of this, it is important to have enough insurance to cover your bases. If you are underinsured, you may be held liable for any expenses that your insurance doesn’t cover.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you were accused of a crime, you need to have a lawyer on your side. He or she will discuss your case and help you come up with a plan to fight the charges that you are being faced with. You could be looking at charges for driving under the influence, distracted driving, vehicular manslaughter, or even more serious crimes.
Besides the trouble you may be in with the law, you could also be sued for any property damage that occurred due to the accident. The family of the deceased may also sue you for personal injury or wrongful death to get the compensation for their loss. Because of this, you are going to need someone on your side, throughout the whole process.
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