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At Fault? 4 Steps To Take If You Cause A Car Accident

When you are assigned the blame for causing a car accident, you may think your whole world will come crashing down in an instant. However, that does not always have to be the case. Though you will be facing various legal difficulties, you can also emerge from the situation in much better shape legally and financially than you anticipated. Should you cause a car accident, take these four steps immediately.

Don’t Admit You’re at Fault

Even if other drivers and the police say you were at fault for the car accident, don’t take the bait and admit the accident was your fault. If you do, you have sealed your fate legally and will stand little chance of winning your case. Instead, resist the pressure to say “I’m sorry” or other phrases that sound as if you take responsibility for the accident.

Hire Your Own Attorney

Never try to navigate a car accident case on your own. In fact, you should do the opposite and hire your own auto accident attorney to investigate the accident and act on your behalf. Even if the evidence shows you were at fault for the accident, your attorney may also be able to prove the other driver contributed to the accident as well. This could mean you may be able to reduce the amount of financial compensation you’re required to pay.

Avoid Insurance Companies

After a car accident, you will always be contacted by an insurance company. Whether it is your insurer or that of the other driver, never try to deal with them on your own. Insurance companies are highly-skilled at getting accident victims to say things that can be used against them. Should an insurance company contact you, always refer them to your attorney.

Document the Accident

If possible, get as much documentation of your car accident as possible while still at the scene. Should you be able to take pictures of the damage the other driver’s vehicle sustained, you will make it impossible for the other driver to swindle your insurance company into paying thousands of dollars more than is actually warranted. Also try to get pictures of any injuries sustained by you and the other driver, since this may be critical in helping you gain the money needed to pay your medical bills.

When you cause a car accident, don’t always assume the worst. If you hire an auto accident attorney right away and allow them to use their knowledge and experience to build a strong case on your behalf, you may come away with more compensation than you ever expected.

Author information: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelleWilber

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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