When you are at-fault for an accident, it can be difficult understanding your rights to compensation after suffering serious injuries. Because you are likely liable for the damages, you may owe more than you’re owed by the insurance company. Circumstances differ from case to case, as it all depends on several factors regarding the accident and more. Continue reading to learn what you need to know about recovering compensation for your losses and damages that resulted from your injuries.
What To Do When You Are The Defendant
Depending on the unique circumstances of the accident and resulting injuries, you may be the defendant against an insurance claim or a personal injury claim. Regardless of which kind of claim you are facing, it is important to know how to conduct yourself in order to minimize the potential for mistakes. Below is a general example of how an at-fault driver of a car accident should respond after causing an accident on the road.
The defendant should…
❗ Leave their vehicle exactly where it is (unless it is creating a safety hazard);
❗ Contact the police immediately to report the accident;
❗ Remain at the scene of the accident until the police arrive;
❗ Cooperate with responding police and EMT personnel;
❗ Exchange current contact and insurance information with all other involved parties;
❗ Take many photos of the damages, injuries, and surroundings;
❗ Accept medical attention, either at the scene or immediately following;
❗ Contact their insurance company to report the accident;
❗ Contact an attorney who can help protect them as they navigate their claim;
❗ Not discard or attempt to conceal evidence related to the accident;
❗ Not discuss the accident with anyone other than their attorney;
❗ Not agree to a settlement until they have spoken with their attorney;