How To Cover Your Bases After an Auto Accident

In the most recent year in which statistics are available, Transport Canada reports that nearly 167,000 people were injured in auto accidents in the Canada. In addition to the injuries, over 2,000 people were killed in automobile accidents across the country.

The reality is that a person who travels in a motor vehicles is likely to end up involved in a car accident at some juncture in his or her lifetime. There are certain steps that need to be taken in the aftermath of an auto accident, particularly if injuries are involved.

Contact Law Enforcement

A basic step following an auto accident is contacting law enforcement. A surprising number of people involved in car accidents do not take this step for one reason or another.

The reality is that many automobile insurance policies require that a police report be made in the aftermath of a car accident in which a claim is filed with an insurer seeking compensation. In addition, in theory law enforcement can prepare an unbiased evaluation of the accident scene, information which can be helpful in pursuing a claim for compensation for injuries or damages.

Document the Accident Scene

With the ubiquitous availability of cameras and video recorders (both included in the standard smartphone), fully documenting an accident scene has never been easier. Of course, the documentation process should not occur unless and until a determination is made that it is safe to proceed.

Identify Witnesses and Gather Information

A reality is that third parties witness most auto accidents. Consequently, following a car accident and in order to cover all the bases after such an incident, a person needs to identify witnesses. After witnesses are identified, a person needs to collect contact information from these witnesses. If possible, concise and accurate statements should be collected from any individual who witnessed an auto accident.

Obtain Legal Advice

If a person is faced with injuries or property damage in the aftermath of an auto accident, retaining the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer is the best course to take to ensure that an individual’s legal rights are protected. Attorneys specializing in car accidents focus their practice on representing individuals who suffer injuries as the result of automobile accidents caused by the negligence of someone else. These firms assist an injured person on a number of levels, including pursuing claims directly against an insurance company and filing lawsuits should a reasonable settlement not be forthcoming

Being in an auto accident can be a nerve racking and scary experience. If you find yourself in this situation, then be sure to follow these steps in order to protect yourself legally and financially.

Carsurfer Admin

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