What Should I do After a Car Accident That Was Not my Fault?

Nobody wants to think about a car accident, however, it’s better to have a plan now than to let one catch you so off-guard that you are unable to conduct yourself properly afterward. Many young drivers are so surprised when they get in an accident that they don’t know how to properly respond. However, a prepared response can make all the difference in either having the damage to your car covered by insurance or having your medical bills paid for, should the situation call for it. If you have been involved in a car accident, or are looking for tips on how to prepare for one, please read on to learn more.

What are the most common causes of car accidents?

Car accidents can be caused by several factors, though they are not always related to careless driving. For example, inclement weather conditions, such as heavy snow or ice can cause a motorist to skid off the road. Additionally, potholes and other poor road conditions cause car accidents from time to time. However, the most common cause of car accidents is, rather unsurprisingly, driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:

  • Eating, smoking or navigating directions while driving
  • Excessively speeding
  • Failing to yield
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Ignoring traffic signs and lights
  • Disregarding other rules of the road

What do you do after a car crash?

After a car crash, you should immediately exchange information with the other party, such as insurance information and their name and phone number. You should then call the police at this time. It is paramount you do whatever you can to diffuse the tension, and definitely do not contribute, no matter how angry you are. However, keep in mind you should never use the word “sorry,” as this could potentially be considered an admittance of fault. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, you should seek medical attention after an accident. A medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation regarding their extent.

How can I recover compensation if I was injured in a car accident?

To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your best bet is to hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process.

What is the statute of limitations in Connecticut?

The statute of limitations in Connecticut is two years. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim. Do not wait, for if you do, you may be denied your right to a lawsuit.

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