Calling a lawyer may help even if you believe you are at fault in a car accident. After all, you might be wrong about who is liable.
When an accident happens, you might be nervous, upset, and unable to process things clearly. You only know what happened from your side. There may have been other factors involved in the accident that you’re unaware of.
Speaking to a lawyer can help to protect you from accepting responsibility that is not yours. And if you are at fault, the lawyer can seek to mitigate the consequences.
When you are involved in an accident, call a lawyer as soon as possible. In the meantime, follow these steps.
Stay on the Scene
Never leave the scene of an accident, especially if there are injuries. In the state of Washington, it is a crime to leave the site if someone has been hurt. Always stay nearby and call for emergency services if someone needs medical care.
It is human nature to see everything through your own personal filter. It’s also normal to forget details over time. That’s why it’s critical to take note of everything related to the accident.
Take photos of the street, surrounding trees, anything blocking the view, the weather, potholes or objects in the road, and any other relevant surroundings. Take pictures of the damage to each vehicle and any injuries.
Note in writing what you remember about the accident and any events leading up to it.
Even when you believe you are at fault for the accident, the evidence you record at the scene may serve to prove otherwise.
File a Police Report
Call the police, even for minor accidents, so that you have an official record of the event. The police reports will contain statements and perspectives from each party involved. They may also have witness statements. Officers will also collect additional photographic evidence from the scene.
All of these items, combined with the notes and photos you took personally, will serve to help your lawyer support you in your case.
When shocking events such as this happen, your natural instinct may be to apologize. Regardless of what has happened, you should never apologize to anyone at the scene of an accident. Even doing so with the best of intentions can be construed as admission to guilt.
Worried that you might be at fault for a car accident? Contact the Harlan Law Firm today for full support in your car accident case.