If you are a relatively new driver, there is a very good chance you have not yet been involved in an accident. However, statistically speaking, you most likely will at some point in your life. Fortunately, if you have a plan, an accident can be far less stressful than it would be otherwise. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding what to do after a car accident:
What are the most common causes of car accidents?
Car accidents can be caused by any number of factors, such as poor road conditions or negligent road design. They can also be caused by inclement weather conditions, such as snow, rain, ice, sleet, and more. Car accidents can even be caused by defective car parts. However, the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. Negligent driving behavior can include the following:
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Eating while driving
- Smoking while driving
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Navigating directions while driving
- Failing to check blind spots
- Disregarding traffic lights and signs
- Disobeying other rules and regulations of the road
What should I do following a car crash that was not my fault?
The first thing you should do after a crash is exchange your name and insurance information with the other party. You should take a picture of their insurance info and then call the police. Do not fight or argue with the other driver, no matter how angry you are. This will only make the situation worse. Once the police arrive, they will document the accident as it happened. From there, you will report the accident to your insurance company. If you were injured or plan on filing a lawsuit, you must seek medical attention immediately. A medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with documentation that you may use as evidence when proving your personal injury claim.
How can I recover compensation if I am injured in a car crash?
To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney may do so through security camera or dashcam footage of the accident, pictures of the accident or its aftermath, police reports, witness statements verifying your claim, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, and more.
Contact our experienced Delaware firm
If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. today.
MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.