How to Navigate Legal Mess Post-Car Accident

There is no shortage of information about what to do to physically survive a car accident. Tips and tricks on how to kick out a window or use a belt as a tourniquet in emergency situations are readily available online. However, there is a simple but disturbing lack of information on the web about how to navigate the legal headaches created by auto accidents.

As you might guess, we do not live in a world in which people easily forgive and forget about incidents like car wrecks. In most cases, people want someone to blame — even if they are the person really at fault for the auto accident. In the case that a person is out for a scapegoat, they might use their money or influence to try and pin the accident on you.

And in other cases, insurance companies can purposefully give you a bad offer on compensation or medical care coverage. Insurance companies’ first priority is to make money, so it makes sense why they do not care if you are able to actually pay your hospital bills or for post-car accident injury treatments. Still, not being able to afford your medical bills after an accident that is not entirely your fault is simply unfair!

While I am not a lawyer nor a legal expert, I have done an extensive amount of research on how to navigate situations in regards to the law and insurance once you are involved in a car accident personal injury case. Here are some steps I have learned:

  • Do not admit fault on the scene of a car accident or immediately after a wreck.

Not only could it be damaging to your future case against another driver, but it also might simply not be true! You likely do not know the full details of the road conditions or the actions of the other drivers or pedestrians.

  • Document everything that you can.

This step is not very intuitive to people unfamiliar with legal proceedings about car accidents or personal injury incidents more generally. However, it is crucial that you document as much as you can. As previously mentioned, small details about the road conditions like potholes, slippery pavement, and more can be important. A judge or jury is less likely to lay down the law with an iron fist if there is an amount of ambiguity about what exactly caused a crash.

As Trent Bond, a Beaumont auto accident lawyer, attests to on the website for his law firm, document as much as you can without getting in the way of emergency officials. Ignoring your own medical officials is also not advised; if the collision caused injuries (small or large), it is in your best legal and physical interest to seek professional medical help!

A good lawyer is always going to prioritize their client’s health over anything else. That is why they will understand if you seek medical care before calling an attorney. However, if you have the ability, it is also advised to call an attorney before going to the hospital after a car accident; the lawyer can give you tips on how to speak with doctors to make sure your injuries are properly documented.