So you’ve just been rear-ended—cue the accompanying feeling of dread. It probably looks bad, but no matter how bleak the outcome appears, everything will be okay. There are certain steps you should take to make sure that you are legally covered.
A car accident isn’t a fun experience, but it’s not rare either. It happens. We’re only human, and humans are known for making mistakes. The good news is that here at Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we have the perfect lawyer for you in your time of need.
Check for Injury
As with any auto accident, the most important thing is to check and see if every party involved is okay. If any injuries have resulted, you should notify law enforcement and, in some extreme cases, emergency responders as soon as possible.
Contact Law Enforcement
In best cases, a car accident like this is going to be on a minor scale. Unfortunately, rear-ending car accidents account for nine percent of road fatalities. Your lawyer or the police will be your greatest resource in a case like this. Check with them to see exactly which steps you should follow.
Make sure to exchange insurance information with the other party involved. This provides a bridge between you and them, as well as a legal ground for mediation when it comes to any potential lawsuit. Informing your lawyer of this accident may help you gain some standing and help you get an idea of the severity of the situation.
Never Admit Fault
The most important part is that you should never, under any circumstances, admit fault. Admitting fault is usually a legal decision that you’re probably not qualified to make. Even then, not admitting fault leaves you much better off legally than if you had.
Here in Provo, Utah, it seems like there is a car accident every five minutes. That’s why we do our best to represent you in the unfortunate event that you need legal recourse.