A He Said, She Said Car Accident - How Do You Prove Your Side?
You’ve probably been there, or at least know someone who has…somebody rear ends you, and they immediately jump out of their car and get defensive over why the accident wasn’t their fault. You just sit back and watch the chaos as the police officers filing the report tell the other driver that it was undoubtedly their fault, and that their insurance will be charged for the damages to your vehicle.
But have you ever been involved in an accident where the fault couldn’t be determined?
The purpose of a police report, and attorney assistance after a car accident is to help determine who is at fault for confusing accidents. What happens when the other driver says “they ran the stop sign”, but you say it was the other driver?
Here are a few tips to help make sure you can get the story straight, and improve your chances of winning any injury claim you might make after the accident:
- Call the Police Immediately: If you are involved in a car accident, the first step is to call for assistance. If someone is injured, request medical assistance. If the other car tries to leave the scene, take a picture of the driver, vehicle, license plate…any information you can acquire to help track them down.
- Take Pictures: If you are not injured and are well enough to get out and look around at the accident, take pictures of every detail you can capture before anything moves or changes. Capture things like inclement weather, surrounding traffic, and anything that might play into why the accident occurred.
- Cooperate With The Police: One of the things that will determine fault is the cooperation of the drivers. Although it may seem unfair, the credibility of the drivers does play into determining fault. If the other driver is belligerent, defensive, or seems untrustworthy, it will play against him. The more cooperative you can be, the better.
- Encourage Witnesses to Help: Any witnesses who were present at the time of the accident can make statements to help determine the fault of the accident. It always helps to have a disinterested third party who can attest to what really happened.
Injured In An Accident? Let Us Help You!
Most Importantly, contact your attorney as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury and vehicular accident attorney can help you determine the fault in the accident, and they can also help get you the compensation you deserve for the expenses incurred as a result.
If you have questions about an accident you were involved in, contact the personal injury attorneys at Wagner Reese. You can schedule a completely free consultation with us by calling (888) 204-8440 today.