In a large amount of auto accident cases, there is some kind of dispute about who did what during the accident. Typically, this means that there is a difference of opinion about who caused the accident, as well. No matter how clear-cut you may think the situation is, the other driver may very well try to claim that you caused or contributed to the wreck simply because they don't want to be held financially responsible for your injuries. There are a couple of ways that you can effectively fight back when the other driver wrongfully claims that you caused an auto accident.
Don't Engage in Conversation with the Other Driver
While it might seem natural to talk to the other driver about the accident, it is always best if you refrain from doing so. Talking about the wreck with the other driver could deteriorate into a major altercation and could make the situation even worse. They may try to use anything you say against you later, and when you're in a disoriented state after an accident, this is not the time to hold a serious conversation.
While you should avoid the other driver, be sure to talk to the police at the scene of the accident so there is a record of your side of the story. The police will provide you with a copy of the other driver's name, phone number, and insurance information. You can also obtain the official police report, which will note anything of significance said by the other driver, so you can be aware of what they have to say even without talking to them. Be aware that police reports do not necessarily contain completely correct information.
Call an Auto Accident Lawyer
An auto accident attorney is the best person to help you prove that you didn't cause, or contribute to, the accident. Your lawyer will prove that you didn't cause the accident (and, therefore, didn't cause your own injuries) in several ways.
- Accident Scene Investigation: This usually includes taking photographs and video of the accident scene. Some evidence that proves improper driving on the other driver's part may remain at the scene of the accident. The lawyer will typically visit the accident scene as soon as possible to document it because rain or other inclement weather can destroy evidence.
- Interviewing Witnesses: If there were any witnesses to the accident, your auto accident attorney will interview them individually to determine whether they can be used as reliable support for your side of the story.
- Working with Medical Care Providers: Every medical appointment that you have following the accident will be documented by the doctor or other care provider. The doctor will often work with the attorney by sending them updates on your medical status (you'll need to sign a medical records release to make this possible.) The attorney will typically discuss your long-term prognosis with your primary medical caregiver and may even request that the doctor testify on your behalf. In some cases, the presence of an injury can help prove that you were not at fault. For example, the presence of a whiplash injury can be a strong indicator that you were hit from behind, and this may help prove that the other driver caused the wreck by driving into your vehicle.
By just doing two simple things—not speaking with the other driver and working with a lawyer—you can come out on top, even in a hotly disputed auto accident case. Call an auto accident lawyer like Carl L. Britt, Jr. to get your case started today!