Car Accidents: Your Fault or Someone Else’s – What To Do Next?

No one wants to get in a car accident, but they happen all the time for all different sorts of reasons. One of the first things to think about if you’re involved in one of these accidents is who was at fault. Sometimes fault makes a difference when it comes to car accidents, and other times it makes no change at all in the eventual outcome.

Regardless of some of the reasoning and consequences however, you always need to know what to do next in the event of car accidents, no matter if the incident is small or large. Other variables can come into the equation as well. For example, what happens when you get in a rideshare accident? 

What happens when people have no-fault insurance? And, if you are driving in your personal vehicle, do you have a car accident checklist that you can go down to make sure you aren’t skipping any steps for proper validation and verification by the authorities? Keep all of these things in mind before venturing out in a vehicle so that you don’t end up in a situation where you’re unprepared.

Rideshare Accidents

Getting in an accident when you are in a rideshare vehicle adds specific legal implications to the situation. Were you distracting the rideshare driver? Does that driver have a background of getting in any accidents beforehand? Does the city or state where the accident occurred have any previous litigation or precedent that would make a difference in your situation? 

Are there any injuries involved? Will the amount of money that you owe to the service change because of the accident? In all of these cases, you need to know what to do next prior to the actual incident so there is no confusion about who is responsible for what.

No-Fault Insurance

In many states, people get no-fault insurance. That means that the result of a car wreck is the same regardless of who initiated the wreck. There are some stipulations regarding this kind of insurance, so not everything is so clear cut as being faultless. However, you must contact law enforcement as well as your lawyer, especially if there is extensive damage done or someone is injured in the wreck. Insurance companies are always going to try to pay as little as possible, so that also factors in the equation.

Car Accident ChecklistsIn the dashboard of your car, you should keep a car accident checklist. If you do, even if you are upset or in shock about the accident that occurred, at least you have something to fall back on that will tell you all of the appropriate steps to move through. It’s incredible how many people don’t gather the correct data at an accident site, and that can come back to create trouble if anyone has to go to court.

Hiring a personal injury attorney if you have been injured in an accident is always an option. Your injuries may negatively impact your quality of life, cause you pain and suffering, or prevent you from carrying out your duties at work and as such cast doubt on your future. Legal action might be available if the other party’s negligence caused the accident, and Bell & Pollock can assist in securing compensation for your losses.