Cars, trucks, motorcycles. We drive them every day. America’s roads are full of vehicles and all different kinds of drivers. Accidents also happen every day. Do you know what to do if it happens to you? Alabama accident laws make us safer when we are stuck in the worst situations.
What to Do After an Accident Occurs
Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders assist the community. They make us safer. They dedicate not only their jobs, but their live to protecting us. These individuals deserve our respect. See below for tips on what to do after an accident.
Always call the police. They need to know. Occasionally, the other party involved in the accident may want to handle the matter privately. This happens especially when the accident seems minor. You then run the risk of not properly documenting the accident correctly. Police put together an official police report, which stands in court much easier than hearsay.
If an injury occurred, tell the police and accept medical attention. Sometimes injured people do not realize how badly they are hurt. Accept the medical attention, even if it means going to the hospital. While there, answer the doctor’s questions honestly and follow their advice. After your initial medical assessment and possible hospital stay, go to your regular doctor for continuing care.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
Insurance companies may try to trick you in a few ways following an accident. Firstly, if an insurance company calls, do not give them a recorded or written statement. Second, do not sign a medical authorization form or medical release. This may give them access to information you do not want them to have. Lastly, do not sign anything that says you will pay the insurance company back for what they cover of your costs. Above all, tell the truth about the accident and your injuries. One lie can completely turn a personal injury case around, as you lose a certain amount of credibility. Your lawyer helps deal with insurance companies, and also assists you in understanding other Alabama accident laws.
Save everything you can from your accident. If you think of it, also take photographs at the scene. Keep all paperwork that you do with regards to your injuries. Also, keep any physical evidence, even so much as a totaled car or pins taken out after surgery. These could be important to your case. Your lawyer will let you know.
Alabama Accident Laws are Confusing! What do I need to know?
Confusion surrounds many police stops, especially those that have something to do with an accident involving personal injury. Check out the basics below:
- Police must have probable cause to pull you over.
- Wait until a safe spot to pull over.
- You can stay in your car.
- You can refuse a breathalyzer. However, this may cause a temporary license suspension.
- If a checkpoint is set up, you must stop. Do not drive through.
- If the police have a warrant, they can search your car.
Occasionally, police can search your car without a warrant. These situations include:
- You allow them to search your car.
- They see something illegal in plain view.
- The police arrested the driver.
- The police have cause to suspect a crime.
- The evidence may be destroyed.
Make sure you know your rights the next time the police pull you over, especially if it involves an accident or personal injury. Alabama accident laws exist to protect as many people as possible.
What can Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law Do for Me?
We assist you throughout your entire personal injury case process. You will never feel alone with us. Get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, time off work, and more. So, contact us today. Give us a call at 256-533-5000.