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Car accident not your fault: legal issues for business owners

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No matter how many precautions you might take when driving, car accidents can happen to anybody. All it takes is for another driver to make a mistake or lose focus and you could be dealing with injuries, damage to your vehicle, and many other problems. If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, knowing how to respond to the situation and what to do in the aftermath can make all the difference.

Gather Information:

Typically, the driver who is at fault should be responsible for reporting the incident to their own insurance company, but it is also worth gathering as much information as possible so that you can file your own report. Don’t rely on the other driver to make sure that everything is reported and notify your own insurer as soon as possible. Get information on the other driver including their name, address, car registration number,and insurance company. If there are any witnesses on the scene including other drivers and pedestrians, it is a good idea to take their contact information too. Take photos of the scene and your vehicle, and make sure that any dashcam footage that you have of the accident is preserved.

Get Medical Help:

One of the first things that you should do after a car accident is to establish if immediate medical attention is needed for yourself or your passengers. Even if you do not feel hurt or there are no noticeable injuries, it is important to get checked out by your doctor, at the ER, or a local urgent care center as soon as possible since symptoms from internal injuries caused by car accidents might take some time to surface.

Notify Law Enforcement:

You will usually need to notify the police of the accident so that they can send appropriate support where needed. Depending on the severity of the accident, the police may need to close the road and redirect traffic or arrange for debris to be collected from the road to ensure everybody’s safety. If the crash was caused by dangerous or careless driving such as speeding or illegal mobile phone use when behind the wheel, the police will issue a ticket to the driver at fault.

Get Legal Support:

In some cases, it is worth considering a search for car accident lawyers who can support you through the legal process afterward. Car insurance claims do not always go smoothly and while we would like to think that the other driver will admit fault after causing an accident, it won’t always go to plan. A good car accident lawyer will be able to help you make sense of all the legalities involved in your case and support you through any personal injury claims that you may wish to bring. They can explain anything that you don’t understand and help you make the right decisions regarding the case.

Being involved in a car accident can happen to anybody, no matter how carefully you were driving. Knowing what to do in the aftermath of an accident that was not your fault can make all the difference to the overall outcome.

About Katherine Hawes

Katherine Hawes is a lawyer who specialises in offering fixed fee and low cost legal advice to small business. She also runs a training company , which offers legal training to non-lawyers.

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