What to do After a Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault

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What to do After a Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault

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The first thing to do, if possible, is to describe the accident to the investigating officer in an objective, step-by-step manner. Avoid the slightest implication that you were to blame. Something as simple as saying, “I’m sorry” could be used against you later. Stay calm and never get into a confrontation with the other parties.

Contact car accident attorneys from our team as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Skilled legal representation can help you to get the compensation you deserve.

Standing up for the Truth When Your Reputation is on the Line

Next, as noted above, never admit blame for an accident that wasn’t your fault. Otherwise, you could find yourself saddled with points on your license, not to mention higher insurance rates or even cancellation of your coverage.

Here are six things you can do to be proactive:

  1. Watch what you say: The first few minutes after an accident are emotionally trying for all involved. But don’t let stress coax you into admitting blame or even offering an apology. Remember, anything you say can be used against you later. If in doubt, say nothing.
  2. Perform your own on-site investigation: If possible, take pictures of the accident scene from multiple angles, while noting the location, weather conditions, and time of day. This information will help you to refute any false claims the other party may make.
  3. Avoid confrontation: Remain calm– do so even if the other party becomes belligerent.
  4. Remain on the scene until law enforcement arrives: The only exceptions to this rule are if you’re in personal danger or you have no immediate means of calling for help.
  5. Cooperate fully with law enforcement: Their report can make a difference in your claim.
  6. Don’t accept the insurance adjuster’s verdict at face value: Assigning blame for an auto accident usually falls on the insurance companies. But just because an investigator says that you were at fault doesn’t make it accurate. Our car accident lawyers can help you to set the record straight.

Choosing the Right Law Firm to Handle Your Case

Finally, selecting the right law firm is essential. Here are some tips for making a wise decision:

  • Avoid jack-of-all-trades attorneys: Auto accident law is a highly specialized field. You need a firm with the legal and investigative skills to handle your case correctly.
  • Choose an attorney who believes in you and your case: This means you should only work with attorneys who offer free consultations and contingency terms. Otherwise, you may end up paying hefty out-of-pocket fees for disappointing results.
  • Remember, it’s the little things that matter: Common courtesy, compassion and 24/7 availability are signs of a great law firm.
  • Consider what past clients have to say: Positive comments from ordinary people who have used the law firm in the past is a great way to gauge how you will be treated. Ask the office for references or look for testimonials on their webpage.
  • Don’t mince words when asking about the firm’s track record: There’s nothing wrong with a law office disclosing how much money it has recovered for its clients. We have recovered millions of dollars over the years, a fact which can’t help but inspire trust.

Get in touch with us here at Rutter Mills today to discuss your case. We can help you rebuild your life.

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