Car Accident FAQ
Get Answers from a Longview Personal Injury Attorney
Have you been injured in a car accident? You may be looking for information regarding your legal options. While it is strongly advised that you speak with a Longview personal injury lawyer regarding the exact details of your case, we can provide you with a few answers to some common, simple questions regarding your case.
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What should I do after the accident?
First and most importantly, never leave the scene if you are involved in a car accident. This is not only highly-illegal, but could result in the entire liability for the accident being blamed on you. Instead, stop immediately and make sure everyone is okay, or call for medical help for anyone who may be hurt. Secondly, trade information with the other party, but do not admit to fault or make any accusations. Lastly, document the damage as thoroughly as possible, including taking pictures if possible. These may come in handy to support your case.
How is fault determined?
This is a complex question. In general, fault is determined by an investigation determining who was careless in their actions and caused the accident. This is not an all-or-nothing question either, as fault can be split between multiple parties. If both parties contributed an equal amount of fault to an accident, they will both be held liable.
I was rear-ended. Is the other person at fault?
Not necessarily. While drivers are required to adhere to a proper following distance and give themselves enough space to stop in the event of a sudden change, there are instances where the person who was rear-ended could be held liable, such as if they pulled in front by reckless driving.
Do I need an attorney?
“He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” This is a very famous quote by Abraham Lincoln, which remains highly applicable to this day. With the complexities of personal injury law and the experience insurance companies have at absolving themselves of liability, you could very easily be setting yourself up to sustain significant losses as a result of your accident. You should retain the services of an attorney as soon as possible after your accident in order to ensure that your best interests are being looked after and you receive the justice you deserve.
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