Four Things You Must Do if Involved in a Road Accident
No one ever wants to be involved in a road accident but they can happen at the most unexpected time. It is only prudent to deal with it in a timely and completely legal manner. Here are four things a driver must do in the event of a road accident to ensure that they have as little difficulty as possible:
Comply with law enforcement – As with the medical profession, the first step is to do no more harm to your case than necessary. Try to aid anyone hurt in the accident and give accurate information to any law enforcement personnel who arrives afterward. It serves no purpose to conceal any evidence as it will usually be revealed by forensic analysis.
Trade contact information with the other party – If there are no more pressing concerns to be dealt with, trade contact information with the other party. However, do not just take their word for it. Instead, confirm as best you can by dialing the phone number or ask the police officer who takes your report to also confirm the information.
Document everything – Be sure to use your cell phone to document the scene and damages to your vehicle, if possible. Otherwise, the two insurance companies involved will end up with a “he said, she said” situation. In the end, even if you are not at fault, you will end footing the bill for the damage to your car.
Notify your insurance company – Do not overlook this seemingly trivial factor. Even if you have a police report from the actual accident, insurance companies will try to avoid culpability by claiming you did not inform them in a timely manner. It is unfortunate but it is a fairly standard practice in the industry so make them your first call the morning after the accident.
For more information on what to do if you are involved in a road accident of any kind, please contact the Symkoviak Law Firm. We can be found online at MyUtahInjurylawyer.com or reached directly at 801.738.9999.