How Is Negligence Proven?
You may have heard that a driver must be found negligent in order to be held responsible for the other party’s injuries and damages. This is true, but it is important to remember that there are many types of negligence commonly at play in car accidents. Speeding is one example; drunk driving is another. More broadly speaking, anything that falls under the categories of aggressive or distracted driving can be considered negligence. This includes texting, talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup, and numerous other common distractions you probably witness on the road every day.
So, What Next?
First, take care of the basics. If at all possible, you should take photos of the collision, exchange contact and insurance information with the other party, and call the police before leaving the scene. Next, and most importantly, go to the hospital for a medical examination. Finally, file a claim with your insurance company.
If you’ve already left the scene and have skipped some of these steps or begun doing them out of order, do not worry. We are here to help. Regardless of what has already transpired, we will jump in and assist you where you are, but you must contact our office as soon as possible so that you do not miss any important deadlines. Both insurance companies and the police department often have strict timelines that must be met in order to successfully file claims and reports, so please, reach out to our office today.