Archive for April, 2013

Have You Had a Recent Accident? What Should You Do First?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Although no one likes to think about the possibility of being in a car accident, you should be constantly aware of how to react in the event of an accident, and you should know the procedures to follow to best handle the situation. Remember that if you are in an accident, everything that follows the accident can and will be used in a case in court determining culpability and eligibility for compensation of the various participants. Try to keep track of how things happened—take photos, interview witnesses at the scene of the accident, and write down contact information—and never admit guilt at the scene of the accident, even if you feel responsible for the situation.

Compensation Explained

How just compensation is determined in the case of an automobile or roadway accident is complicated and often depends on where the accident took place. Laws governing such legal procedures can vary from state to state, and in some states you will not be eligible for any compensation whatsoever if you were even remotely at fault in the accident. However, in most states compensation is dictated by determining comparative negligence and who was most at fault. After an accident, you should research the specific laws of your state to determine how best to legally pursue the matter.

Things to Remember

Always be prepared for the possibility of an accident by having your license and registration readily available. Hopefully, you will have a cell phone camera that can take pictures of the scene of the accident, and perhaps the most important thing to remember is to have a first aid kit and to be able to immediately call for medical assistance in the event of an injury. Vehicle accidents always cause a great deal of disruption, but being properly prepared can help reduce some of the negative effects. Consult an attorney after the accident to make sure that you get the proper representation in court.

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