Determining who is at fault in an auto accident is not always as clear-cut as one might think. People’s memory can get foggy and proper evidence and documentation could be lacking. Sometimes people believe that they will remember details only to be surprised a few months later that they don’t remember everything as clearly as they ought.
This why it is important to be detailed in your documentation of your accident—whether you feel you are at fault or not. Take notes and pictures. Gather information from all parties present. Make it official—call the police. Notify your insurance carrier. Not only will you protect your own interest but you will also protecting the other party as well.
Don’t be in a rush—at the time of a car accident. You may be tempted to rush things, because it is a stressful time. By taking your time you will be able to get all the information that you need in order to see redress. When you rush, you are guaranteed to miss important information or evidence that is germane to your case.
If you’ve watched any legal show, winning is in the details. So be detail orientated. Get first and last names, license, registration, and insurance information from the other parties involved. Write a brief summary of the accident in a note pad. Ask others who were passengers in your car to do the same.
Pay special attention to the activities of others involved in the accident. Make note of whether anyone involved was using hand held devices, ran the red light or stop sign, or made an illegal turn. Write down as much as you can recall at the earliest opportunity since your memory of the accident is fresh. Continue to document additional information as you remember it.
Because accidents are unnerving you may be tempted to get it over with quickly. You may want to make a deal, take responsibility, or sign documents. Do not!
Do not admit to anything. Don’t sign any documents. Don’t accept or offer any cash to address the issue. Don’t leave the scene. Be sure to call the police—even if the other party does not want you to do so.
Safeguard your interests. Handling things correctly takes time. Once you have gotten all the pertinent information you are ready to get legal counsel.
Call a San Antonio auto accident lawyer. He or she will help you to navigate through the process from filing to settlement. It is your San Antonio auto accident lawyer’s job to make sure you’re not a victim twice.