What to Do After a Car Crash That Is Your Fault
What to Do After Car Accident and It’s Your Fault
One of our previous blog posts explored the recommended procedure for dealing with a car accident that is not your fault. Now, we’re going to turn it around.
In Connecticut, being at fault for a car accident means you lay claim to 51 percent or more of the responsibility for the accident. While many cases are difficult to determine, some circumstances are far more cut-and-dry.
Did you know: The National Safety Council states that as many as 1 in ever 4 auto accidents is caused by texting and driving. Don’t become a stastic!
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While we advise to always have a qualified lawyer on your side, whether the accident is your fault or not, getting the right people on your side for an at-fault accident could mean saving you on insurance premiums, aggravation, and peace of mind.
Below, we’ve laid out important concepts to consider when you are at-fault in a car accident. Since these can only be considered a guide, the content below will never replace a qualified legal opinion.
If you find yourself at an at-fault accident, give us a call today at (203) 597-6364 so we can get working for you.
First Things First: What to Do After a Car Accident You Caused
Before you do anything, there are a couple things that have to be done immediately following an accident. Make sure of the following:
- Injuries – Does anybody in your vehicle or the other driver’s vehicle require medical attention? If so, make the call to 911 immediately.
- Information – If you’ve determined no one needs medical attention, exchange information with the other driver. You’ll need your state-issued I.D., insurance information, and contact information to follow up, just in case.
- Take Pictures – Photographs are powerful evidence in court if you want to either verify the damages later on from the other driver’s insurance company. It also solidifies exactly what happened so the story can’t be changed later on.
- Call Your Lawyer – Once you’ve covered all the basics of exchanging information and recording the circumstances of the accident, give your lawyer a call to let them know what is coming. This will allow your qualified legal professional to ensure all the T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted.
A Clear Case
In some cases, it is easy to determine whether or not you are at-fault in a car accident.
For instance, if you rear-ended someone, in the state of Connecticut you are automatically considered more at fault. If you collide with someone while they are traveling straight through an intersection, then you are at-fault for the accident. If you violate any clear traffic laws—such as running a red light or taking a left on a red light—then you are most likely at fault. While this is the case, you should generally not admit fault during your interaction with the other driver. Even if you know it is your fault. Just make sure everyone is safe, call the police and call a personal injury lawyer.
When Things Are Not Clear
There are some cases where determining fault in a car accident is not cut and dried. For instance, if you are being accused of negligence—being on your phone, having your eyes off the road, or speeding—additional evidence may be required to determine the fault responsibility of both drivers.
In many cases, this can be a complicated process. Especially for these cases, having a lawyer to understand where to find this evidence is crucial in ensuring a correct and fair determination of fault.
This is where all the evidence possible will only fuel your case. Pictures of the damage, any potential skid marks on the road, and even video footage from surveillance cameras—in some cases, police have cameras at traffic lights, for example—will be able to help more clearly determine if you are at fault.
One note of caution—because car accidents can be sometimes emotional events, you may find yourself accused of negligence even when you know that is not a factor. We at Moynahan can’t stress enough the importance of proper legal representation, especially in this case.
Have you been in a car accident that might be your fault? Don’t give in to the pressure—give us a call today so we can get to work for you!
Timothy C. Moynahan is the CEO and owner of Moynahan Partners, which offers business development consultancy, identifying strategic business partnerships and funding sources. He founded and heads the Moynahan Law Firm, Waterbury, Connecticut, and is “of counsel” to the Jin Law Group at 200 Park Avenue in New York. He is a sought-after and successful trial lawyer, earning the Super Lawyer of New England and Connecticut awards from 2009 to 2012 and Best Criminal Defense Attorney accolade in 2013.