Getting behind the wheel of your car to head out for work, school, or to run errands is like second nature to millions of people. Drivers don’t tend to think about the possibility of being involved in an accident at any point during their day. This is something that drivers need to be conscious of so that they can practice safe driving techniques and be prepared to maneuver their vehicle out of harm’s way. A Temecula car accident attorney will be able to investigate your accident, speak to witnesses, talk to the police, review your medical records and handle all legal issues so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
The Dangers of Driving
Driving is a dangerous task that millions of people do every single day. Driving is a more dangerous task than flying, yet so many people suffer from a fear of flying. There are ways drivers can ensure that they are safely operating their vehicle, but their own safety is not all that comes into play. The other drivers around them must also practice safe operating techniques in order for the entire road to be safe. Some of the dangers of driving include the following:
- Impaired drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Reckless drivers
- Debris, including potholes
- Inclement weather
- Improperly maintained vehicles
- Defective vehicle parts
- Inexperienced drivers
- Improper road lighting
What to Do Following an Accident
The steps you take following a car accident will determine the legal action you can use against the at-fault party. Make sure you remain at the scene. This is important even for the victim of an accident. Wait for police and medical to respond so you can be evaluated at the scene and then transported via ambulance.
Do not disturb any evidence of the crash. This includes moving debris, moving the vehicles (if totaled), stepping in blood or other fluids and hiding items in your car. If it’s discovered you have tampered with evidence at the scene you could have trouble moving forward with a case.
Try to take pictures of the accident scene before being transported to the hospital. Take pictures of all the cars involved, your injuries, debris, road conditions, road signs and anything else you think will make it easier to build a case against the at-fault driver.
Never say things that might lead others to believe that you were partly responsible for the accident even though you had no role in it happening. Words you should never say after a car accident include ‘I’m sorry,’ ‘this is my official statement,’ ‘I agree to this offer,’ and anything comparable to these statements.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Do not talk to the insurance company or the at-fault party’s attorney before talking to your own attorney first. Contact a Temecula car accident attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP, Attorneys at Law today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. The sooner you schedule an appointment the sooner your case can move forward as you fight for compensation.