How To Handle an Accident You’re at Fault For

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Any involvement in a truck accident is going to be traumatic to a certain extent, but when it’s your fault, that just adds to the stress. Sometimes you are fully to blame and other times you are only partially at fault. In any case, it’s important to be accountable for what you’ve done, and there are some certain steps you should take after your accident.

Exchange Insurance Information

Before you leave the scene of the accident, make sure you swap insurance information with the other driver. You never know when an accident that seemed to be your fault actually wasn’t as much your fault as you thought. You will need to report the accident to your insurance company, and chances are the other driver will want to report the accident as well. The other driver might do so to let your insurer know there’s a claim coming, and you should do so in an attempt to not miss out on coverage you might be able to receive from the other driver’s insurance company. 

Report the Accident to the Police

If you or the other driver are injured enough that you can’t make a phone call, the other of the two should call the police to report the accident. Calling the authorities also ensures you are able to get a paramedic to the scene if someone is injured. When the police officer arrives, he or she will likely ask for you to make a statement about what happened. Although you should take responsibility for what happened, you don’t want to incriminate yourself either. Simply give the police officer the facts about what happened without adding any emotions or feelings that could make it look as though you were particularly careless or 100% at fault.

Seek Medical Care

Anyone involved in your automobile accident should seek medical care. If that’s you, don’t refuse to see the paramedic for your injuries. If he or she suggests taking you to the emergency room, that’s probably going to be in your best interest. After being treated at the hospital, be sure you attend follow-up visits and hang onto all medical documents, bills and other statements.

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney

Whether you’re at fault or not, it doesn’t hurt to have a truck accident lawyer who can help you through the claims process or a lawsuit. Contact a truck accident attorney today so you can discuss your case.