Knowing what to do after a car accident occurs is important to protect yourself from any possible lawsuits or charges of wrongdoings. Of course having the proper insurance coverage will assure that your car will be repaired or replaced and knowing a personal injury lawyer to call will see that you are compensated if the need arises. Enjoy your car, enjoy the driving experience, but always be prepared for an unexpected accident.
Wow! What a great day for a drive. Admiring the sights, the sounds and the beautiful scenery, you pull up behind an SUV at a stoplight and let out a sigh of complete content. Just as you think it couldn't get any better than this, you glance into your rearview mirror to observe a car speeding into you from behind not a split second before it hits.
Barely having time to brace, your head hits the steering wheel as your car is pushed forward into the SUV stopped for the light. Then your air bag deploys. Not only have you been hit from behind and your airbag fails to do it's job, but also your front end smashes into the back of another vehicle.
Dazed from your head banging the steering wheel, you check to see if you are bleeding. Thankfully there is no blood but you feel the goose egg growing from the impact. Stepping from the car to see if everyone else is okay and assess the damage, your car appears much like an accordion with a crumpled trunk and smashed up front end.
Both of the other drivers involved were able to get out of their vehicles so that was a good sign that no one was hurt too badly. The woman in the SUV seemed unharmed at all and ran to my side. Assuring her you're okay, it's noted that her vehicle had only a small dent on the bumper, while your own convertible was totaled. You both walk to the car that started all this chaos.
Slowly shaking his head, the young man leaned against what was left of his car, wiping blood from his mouth. You and SUV woman inquired if he and his passenger were okay. The young man, more a boy of less than 18 years, had no reply other than muttering, "I'm sorry." It was apparent his airbag had deployed and might have saved his and his friend's lives.
Continuing to question the young man at fault, he only responded with the same two words, "I'm sorry." It was apparent he was not going to get answer your prodding as to why he didn't stop. This was probably a good idea on his part until he spoke with his parents, a policeman or a lawyer. However, SUV lady was getting annoyed, both of you wanted answers.
Before the police arrived, you had contacted your insurance company to report the incident and left a message with your attorney, just in case. SUV lady drove off while you and the kid waited for rides. Again, you asked the kid what happened. Again, he only replied with, "I'm sorry." Now I was getting angry, forgetting what a great day I was having just an hour earlier.
Car accidents are never fun, but when everyone is unharmed aside from minor injuries, it's understood that vehicles can be replaced. Lives cannot. Though a frustrating incident such as described herein can ruin any day, knowing the steps to take is key.
Call, or have someone else call, 911 to report the accident.
Contact a low contingency fee personal injury lawyer, and it's ok to do so before police even arrive.
Don't freely give out information that may incriminate you of any liability.