Posted on: 27 December 2017
For many people, getting legal protection for a car accident is something that happens after the accident. It's understandable that someone may not expect to get into an accident, but it's not just your driving skills that you need to worry about. Here are a few quick actions to put into place after an accident, along with some techniques that can make any future accident less of a legal challenge for you.
Get An Attorney As Soon As Possible
When you're involved in an accident, you're already part of a legal battle whether you've talked to an attorney, seen the inside of a court room, or not. There is always a chance that your legal opponent may have their own story for what happened, and there are many things that could make their argument stronger.
It's illegal, but a desperate or skilled enough person can hide or destroy evidence. If the only thing proving their guilt is a few skid marks or specific damage areas, your legal opponent could work quickly to get rid of that evidence or create worse damage in different parts of your car to make it look like you were the problem.
Before any of that happens, be sure to get a legal professional on your side. Now is not the time to pretend to be Sherlock Holmes and act like the greatest detective as you catch people in clever mental traps. If a bad driver slammed their car into reverse to make it look like you were the problem, you can have a few minutes of arguments to yourself before contacting a car accident attorney.
Because time can make evidence less relevant, the longer you take to report such incidents, the harder it may be to find wrongdoing. It's a bit of an urban myth that a rear-ended vehicle is always at fault, but the previous example of putting a car in reverse shows how the situation can quickly turn against you. There are ways to prove such situations wrong, but get an attorney quickly to increase your success chances.
Do You Have A Dash Cam?
Whether you were just in an accident or have never been in an accident, you need a dash cam. These cameras can record the accident situation and provide minutes of context to show what really happened.
Dash cams are more affordable and higher quality than in past decades, mostly thanks to the same computing and general technology boom that brought smaller, faster computers in the form of smartphones and tablet computers.
Many modern cameras record at least at 720p, which is the lowest quality for High Definition (HD). Video information is often stored on Secure Digital (SD) cards, so handing over evidence to a lawyer or copying information for police is a lot easier than in past years.
Contact a car accident attorney to figure out the best way to protect yourself from a future accident, and to get assistance with any current accident issues you may have.Share