Car Accident Lawyer Memphis, TN
Car accidents are one of those situations where your brain and the world around seems to fly by at a million miles per hour. They’re chaotic and traumatizing events that can shake even the most confident of people to their core. Nobody is ever fully ready to deal with a car accident but having as much preparation for one can make the aftermath of your accident go much smoother. Familiarize yourself with these post-car accident steps to ensure you’re prepared for a worst-case scenario.
Keep your apologies to yourself
What seems like an odd, and potentially rude, thing to say can actually be one of the best pieces of advice anyone can give you regarding car accidents. That’s because any type of admission of guilt can be detrimental to your case. Obviously, you should never admit fault for your accident – even if you strongly believe that you are the one responsible. That includes something as seemingly innocent as an apology – which could be construed as an admission of guilt in a courtroom. You’d be amazed at how much the other person could be at fault as well and you assuming all of the guilt is just going to put you into a pretty deep hole. So keep your sentiments, no matter how heartfelt they may be, to yourself for now. You should also never blame anyone else for the accident, including the other driver. They could have run a red light and T-boned your vehicle making them the obvious at-fault party, but delivering a guilty verdict isn’t your job. Do your best to avoid admitting or administering any guilt after your accident.
No, you are not a police officer so you shouldn’t interfere in any way with their investigation. However, police officers can make mistakes or forget to write down important details, so you shouldn’t rely solely on their collected statements. Do your best to record anything said by the other driver – including an admission of guilt (an apology could be all you need). Even if you can’t record what they say, you should at the very least write down their contact information. Collecting this information from any potential witnesses could prove beneficial as well, so don’t hesitate to ask if anyone saw the accident happen.
You are your best witness
Too often do people forget important details of the accident, or confuse the events that transpired. An incorrect recollection of the accident could be all the insurance company needs to deny you a fair settlement. That’s why it’s crucial for you to write down a chronology of your accident as soon after it happened as you’re able. Include any and all details you can, such as road conditions, weather, where you were, what you were doing at the exact moment of impact – as much as you can remember. If you compound this statement with photos of the accident (your cell phone can be used to take the pictures), you have a solid amount of evidence already collected.
A car accident attorney is ultimately your best resource during a car accident case because they can give you tailored advice to your specific situation. Don’t wait until it’s too late to call, contact a car accident lawyer Memphis, TN trusts today to set up a consultation.
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