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Acting accordingly after a crash

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2014 | Car Accidents, Firm News

Residents in Connecticut may benefit from learning more about the recommended course of action to take when a car accident occurs. Knowing what to do beforehand may be beneficial since car crashes often result in emotional stress and serious injuries. Some motorists benefit from keeping a pamphlet on-hand that outlines what do in the event of a collision. Most importantly, as many people already know, it’s always advisable to remain at the scene of the accident until the appropriate authorities arrive.

People who leave the scene of an accident involving injury, death or property damage may face criminal charges. Uninjured people who are involved in the accident should check to see if anyone is injured before assessing any property or vehicular damage. Anytime there’s been a death, injury or property damage, the police should be called to the scene. People who suffer back or neck pain or who have been rendered unconscious should not be moved until emergency response personnel arrive.

Drivers involved in a crash should exchange identification, insurance and contact information as well as license plate numbers. While many people are concerned with being cordial, apologizing for the accident may be considered an admission of legal liability. Speaking with witnesses and getting their contact information is also advisable. Calling the insurance company, taking pictures of the damage and tracking medical treatments are also recommended after an accident occurs.

People who have been involved in a car crash may benefit from speaking with a lawyer as early as possible. Legal counsel might be able to assist clients with reviewing insurers’ assessment of the damage and any potential strategies for obtaining compensation. Plaintiffs filing lawsuits over car accidents typically seek restitution to help account for medical costs, repair expenses and any loss of income resulting from the crash.

Source: Findlaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps“, August 20, 2014

Source: Findlaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps“, August 20, 2014


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