Getting in a car accident can be scary. Accidents can happen even to the most cautious drivers. Often times, it is because another driver was at fault.
But what do you do if the at-fault driver denies fault? You don’t want to be liable for someone else’s negligent driving. If you’re dealing with someone who won’t acknowledge their role in the accident, here are some things that you can do.
Contact the Police
Contact the police right away. If anyone is seriously injured, dial 911. If there are no medical emergencies, you can often dial 311 to request that police respond to your accident. If you don’t have a phone or it was damaged in the crash, request that someone else call the police for you.
When police officers arrive, let them know your version of the events. Try to give as detailed of an account as possible. (Let them know if the other driver ran a red light, made an illegal left turn, or otherwise failed to obey traffic laws.) Make sure to get a copy of the police report. This accident report will be an important part of any future insurance claim or accident claim.
Document the Scene of the Accident
Any evidence collected from a scene of an accident may be important to helping you prove the accident was the other driver’s fault. Things like the position of the vehicles, property damage, and skid marks on the street may help to show how the accident happened.
Take detailed pictures of the accident scene and location of the damage. For example, if you were in a rear-end collision and the other driver hit the back of your car while you were stopped at a stop sign, you may want to take pictures of the stop sign, the final position of the cars, the back of your car, and the other car’s front end.
Talk to Witnesses
Before you leave the accident scene, talk to anyone who is in the area. A bystander may have seen the accident and be able to provide a witness statement.
If the accident was a hit-and-run, a witness may have seen the make and model of the car or even been able to see the car’s license plate. If it was a left-turn accident, a witness may have noticed that the other driver did not have the right-of-way.
If anyone saw the accident, obtain their contact information.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Make sure that you contact your insurance company and let them know that the accident occurred. This will allow your insurance company to investigate the accident and put them on notice that you may potentially have a personal injury claim, vehicle damage claim, and uninsured motorist claim.
Experienced Las Vegas Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been in a motor vehicle crash, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Auto accident attorneys can help you build a car accident case and assist you with an investigation if the other driver denies fault.
At Anthem Injury Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys are highly experienced at recovering maximum compensation for our injured clients. We may be able to help you too. Contact us today at (702) 745-8167 to set up a free consultation.