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What To Do After a Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault

Get guidance on steps to ensure your safety, rights, and interests after a car accident that wasn’t your fault. Discover how Do Law Office can be your ally in the process. Call us now.

Involved in an Accident That Was Not Your Fault? Here Is a Guide to What You Should Do

Getting involved in a car accident is devastating. It is more heartbreaking to know that the accident happened due to the other driver’s fault. If this is the case, it is vital to know the steps to take to protect your rights and interests.

It is crucial to take the necessary steps after an accident that wasn’t your fault. This way, you can protect your right to fair compensation that can cover your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and non-economic damages.

A car accident lawyer from Do Law Office can help you file a third-party insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer and fight to ensure you are compensated for the pain and suffering the accident caused you. We have vast experience dealing with car insurance companies. So, rest assured that your personal injury claim is in experienced hands!

Immediate Actions to Take After a Car Accident

Car accidents can understandably leave you in pain, shock, and confusion, but taking action as early as possible is vital because it can make or break your claim and right to compensation.

Here is what to do after getting involved in a car accident:

1. Ensure Personal Safety

A car crash is likely to lead to injuries and damage to your vehicle. It is important to seek medical attention if you suffer serious injuries. However, if you suffered minor injuries, you may receive first aid at the accident scene.

Ensure you and anyone involved are not at risk of more danger at the accident scene. Do not assume you are uninjured because of a lack of physical wounds. You may have internal injuries, which may be life-threatening. 

It is also vital to document your injuries. An insurance adjuster will use this information to determine your compensation. 

2. Contact the Authorities

Do not leave the scene of the auto accident. Instead, call 911 if there are serious injuries on the scene or your local police if not. Explain what happened to the police officer if asked, but do not make definitive statements about guilt or fault. The police report may play a crucial role in the future steps.

Additionally, do not admit you were at fault to anyone, including the involved driver, eyewitnesses, or responding officers. An experienced attorney who understands Georgia car accident laws can investigate your case and determine fault and negligence. Negligence can be proven by establishing that:

  • The other driver owed you a duty of care

  • The other driver’s breached this duty

  • You suffered losses such as injuries, emotional distress, lost income, and vehicle damage as a result of such a breach

Saying the wrong thing may be used by the at-fault driver and their insurance company to show that you are at least partially at fault. This could mean you may not be able to recover compensation or that your compensation will be reduced. In this case, you may need to file a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages.

3. Gather Relevant Information

If you haven’t sustained any serious injury that requires immediate medical attention, you must start gathering information at the scene. Ensure you exchange contact information with the other driver. Take clear photographs of the accident scene. Your photographs should show: 

  • The position of the vehicles involved

  • The accident scene, skid marks, damage to surrounding property

  • Nearby signage and road conditions

  • Your injuries

  • The number plates

You can also get contact information from witnesses. They can strengthen your case by giving details about how the accident occurred. 

Filing a Claim and Seeking Compensation After the Car Accident

Filling a car accident claim is the first step in getting compensation. However, the journey to receive the compensation may be long and stressful. The other driver’s insurer may be unwilling to compensate you fairly, which is why you need the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

Here are the steps you need to take after a car accident caused by another driver:

1. Consult an Attorney

It is in your best interest to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights and interests. You can get the legal guidance and representation you need as you fight for compensation.

Insurance companies have attorneys and investigators who help them contest claims and avoid making payouts. You need a professional on your side as well. Our Atlanta auto accident lawyer at Do Law Office can accompany you every step of the process and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

2. Collecting Evidence and Calculating Damages

Witness statements, accident, and police reports, photographs of your car accident injuries, and medical records are key evidence in your case. Keep these at hand to file along with your demand letter. It’s also crucial to accurately calculate your damages, including any future medical costs and associated expenses.

3. File a Claim

Georgia is an at-fault state, so victims of car accidents must file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Your attorney will help you prepare and file a demands letter, calculate your damages, and negotiate with the insurance adjuster of the at-fault insurance company.

Do not negotiate or agree to any deal without your attorney’s presence. The other driver’s insurance company will work to pay as little as possible or nothing at all.

4. Consider a Lawsuit

If negotiations fail, your attorney can help you sue the car insurance company. At this point, the case is out of the insurance adjuster’s hands, and it is up to the trial court to deny or award your claim. The court may increase or decrease the sum to award you based on the evidence presented.

Why Choose Do Law Office

Our car accident attorney at Do Law Office has an extensive understanding of the personal injury laws in Georgia and is ready to use their experience to fight for your right to fair compensation.

Our goal is to ensure your compensation journey is smooth and you have zero worries about the expenses accrued after the accident. Contact our Atlanta auto accident lawyer today. We DO the heavy lifting for you!

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