If you were injured in a car accident then you may know to contact a personal injury attorney who will represent you in court and ensure that all of your insurance bills are covered. If, however, you were in an accident in which you were at fault, then you may not know where to start. To help you feel a bit more informed about what steps you should take next, this article will list a few things for you to do along the way.
Call Your Insurance
The first thing you should do when you're involved in an accident is call your insurance agency. In fact, you should do this while you're still at the accident site. By filing a claim with your insurance right away, you can get an otherwise long process rolling so that you and the other person involved in the accident can get your car taken care of and repaired as soon as possible.
If you were at fault in the car accident, then you may be arrested or taken into the police precinct for questioning. Although the officers may pretend to be your friend and be really friendly, their whole goal is to get you to confess to causing the accident. Remember that it's your right to remain silent throughout the entire thing and you can tell them that. Make sure that you don't confess to the other person in the accident, to police officers, to an ambulance driver, or to anyone else at any point during the process; in a situation like this, the less you say, the better.
Hire A Car Accident Lawyer
The next thing you should do is hire a car accident attorney immediately. If you are being held, then they can help get you released on bail. If you aren't being held in custody, then they can still help you with every court appearance, with any paperwork, and with your insurance. For instance, if your insurance is giving you a hard time and isn't compensating you, then a car accident lawyer can advocate on your behalf to ensure that you and the other person involved get the payout needed.
Being involved in a car accident—especially when you were at fault—can be a nightmare. By using the tips listed in this article, you can hopefully have a smooth experience going forward and get the best outcome possible for you and the other driver.