What to Do After a Car Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault

Car accidents are called accidents for a reason. They can happen to anyone, at any time, and at just about any location. It doesn’t matter how prepared or cautious you are, preventing an accident isn’t always possible—and many times the party practicing safe driving habits is not at fault when an unexpected accident happens.

While a car accident may not be your fault, being involved in an accident will leave you wanting answers to your questions:

“How do I prove I wasn’t at fault and what steps do I take next? Who do I speak with?”

These are some common questions that go through accident victim’s minds following their accident.

How Do I Prove I Wasn’t at Fault?

Proving that you’re not at fault in an auto accident requires you to build a case with the proper information. It’s important to be sure to do the following to protect your rights following a car accident:

  • Seek medical assistance: If you or your passengers have been injured following the accident, be sure to call for medical assistance ASAP. Even if you feel you have a minor injury, it is crucial for you to get it checked with a medical professional, as many times injuries take time to develop

  • Call your local police: Be sure to call your local authorities following your auto accident. They will assist in getting a written statement of the accident, which is something that will be invaluable in proving you were not at fault. They will also assist in getting the at-fault driver’s information. Be sure you include:

    • Name

    • Driver’s license #

    • Phone number

    • Address

    • Insurance policy #

  • Speak with witnesses: You want to be sure to speak with witnesses who saw the accident take place. Their story will also be helpful information for your case. Make sure to get their:

    • Name

    • Contact information

  • Contact your insurance company: Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, you still want to be sure to report your accident with your insurance company. However, do not accept any settlements and DO NOT discuss details of your case before speaking with an experienced auto accident attorney.

Who Do I Speak With?

Have you been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another party? You will need a seasoned Hudson Valley accident attorney to assist you through the legal process to seek the compensation you deserve.

Our team at Ahearne Law Firm has been working with our clients for many years to help them pursue the compensation they deserve to help them return to their normal life. Don’t let the negligence of another person change your life forever.

Call us today at (845) 763-4100 to schedule your free consultation with us. Let us hear your story and explain what we can do to help.

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