No one wants to get into a car accident, but it can happen to any of us. In the best case scenario, it will cause just a bump on your car. In the worst case, the damages can be much larger, mentally and physically. Then after the accident, you have many more issues to deal with, including insurance claim, medical costs, and even lawsuits or legal charges. Without the right help, all these can be overwhelming and costly.
Here are a few steps to get legal protection in case of an auto accident:
At the scene of the accident
After the accident, slowly pull to the side as safely as possible. If you cannot safely move your car, carefully leave the vehicle and wait for help away from traffic.
Even if it is a minor accident, you will still need to call the police. Insurance companies will not be able to process your claim without an accident report.
Exchange information with the other driver, including their names, contact number, address, and insurance information. Do not discuss who is at fault and try to remain calm. You may also gather information of any witness at the scene. They can help identify hit and run drivers or testify to what has happened.
After gathering information, you can also take pictures of the accident and any damage to your vehicle and other property.
In case of a hit and run, try to remember as much detail about the other vehicle as possible, especially the license number, the make, and model.
Legal protection after the accident
If you or your passengers are seriously injured, you may not be able to gather all the information as said above. In this case, it’s very important that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help ensure your legal protection and make sure that you gather any necessary information when possible.
After the accident, it is also important that you keep all the documents, information, police report, photos, and any other evidence. Also keep track of the repair estimates, medical cost, and any other bills related to the accident. This will help the process go smoother and you will be able to provide any documents that the insurance company or your attorney may require.
The other party may offer you a settlement to help with the cost of fixing or replacing your vehicle, or to pay for your medical cost. While you may be tempted to accept the offer, you need to make sure that the settlement covers all your cost, including long-term consequences resulting from the accident. To determine if the settlement is fair, have an attorney review the settlement and help you estimate the potential cost for you. An attorney can also help you negotiate a fair settlement.
While the process of dealing with an auto accident can be complicated, an attorney can help you protect your rights and guide you through the process. Many people avoid talking to an attorney because they are afraid of the expensive cost. With LegalShield, however, it is now much more affordable to acquire the service of an attorney. Contact a LegalShield consultant today to learn how you can have legal protection for less!