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When every driver makes the decision to get behind the wheel, they must also take on the responsibility of adhering to the rules of the road. This means that if they fail to uphold this responsibility, they may be held liable for any harm that they cause anyone else as a result. Sadly, many of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions are due to the carelessness of an irresponsible driver, including actions like distracted driving, drunken driving, and reckless driving. With the growing popularity of technology, distracted driving-including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone or otherwise taking attention away from the road-has become an increasingly dangerous liability.

Although laws have been implemented in order to prevent such behavior, countless drivers still decide to act negligently while navigating their way around busy city streets. Another problem that has remained consistently problematic is the prevalence of drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. Not only are they endangering their own lives, but they are posing a serious risk to all other drivers in the vicinity. Similarly, when a driver decides to behave recklessly in any other way, the consequences can be devastating for the victims of their negligent actions. If you have been injured in a similar situation, determining negligence will be a crucial component of your case.

Car Accidents What to Do After a Car Accident
First, make sure that all drivers and passengers involved in the accident are safe and unharmed. Then, contact local law enforcement and emergency services, if necessary. It is especially important to contact the police if the collision involved an injury or property damage. Police reports can be used during an insurance settlement or injury lawsuit to substantiate your claim. When law enforcement arrives, request that they file a police report about the accident and obtain the name and badge number of the officers involved.

Exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers and witnesses involved in the accident. Avoid saying "I'm sorry" or making other apologies; these statements can be used against you in court or during an insurance claim. Simply saying "I'm sorry" implies that you admit fault for the wreck and can hinder you from obtaining the financial compensation that you deserve. Avoid unnecessary legal liability and stick to the facts when you talk to other drivers. Ask for names, telephone numbers, and addresses of other drivers and passengers. Make sure that you acquire information about the other driver's insurance provider as well.

Speak with witnesses of the accident as well. If possible, write down their names, addresses, and statements. Witness testimony can help law enforcement and your insurance provider determine who is at fault. Do not force anyone to speak with you. Witnesses are not obligated to give you a statement or provide their personal information and contact information. Only write down what they are comfortable talking about. Try to speak with as many people as possible and, if a witness seems reticent to talk, don't pressure him/her to provide any more information.

Take pictures of any property damage immediately after the accident. Like witness testimony and police reports, pictures can help you determine who caused the accident and the extent of the damage. Additionally, you can use photographs of your car before the accident to demonstrate the extent of the damage. If you need medical attention, keep a written record of any medical treatment that you received as a result of the collision. Without this information, you it may be difficult to substantiate a convincing personal injury claim in court. In order to obtain compensation for pain and suffer, keep a record of how the injury influenced your work and family life.

How to Talk to Your Insurance Adjuster
After a serious car accident, you might assume that you insurance adjuster wants to help you. In reality, your insurance company wants to avoid paying for your injury. Never make statements that admit fault and never sign paper work until you speak with a personal injury attorney. Additionally, avoid speaking with an adjuster from the other driver's insurance company; any statements that you make could be used to avoid giving you the money that you deserve. If you must speak with an insurance company, only talk about the facts of the accident so that the insurance company can draw a rational conclusion from your statements. Avoid these topics and statements as well: After a serious auto collision, you need a qualified Atlanta car accident attorney to help you file for the compensation that you need. When you have been involved in a serious car accident at the hands of a careless driver, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries that you have sustained. This means that a drunken, distracted, or reckless driver that has put your life at risk can be held accountable for their actions through a civil lawsuit, and will be responsible for compensating you for the harm that they have caused. In order to do so, however, you must first review the facts of your case with a knowledgeable attorney in order to discern whether or not you have grounds for a personal injury claim. You may also have grounds to file a claim for compensation if defective equipment played a role in your accident. With the help of a lawyer from our firm, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with the level of attention that it deserves. Call our firm today.

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