Car accidents are a far too common occurrence and happen to many unsuspecting people each day. These accidents may lead to serious injury, and if you have been in a car accident that was no fault of your own, it is important to understand the necessary next steps to take.
Acting quickly is important immediately following a car accident. Ensuring you gather evidence and contact information for the responsible party will be beneficial going forward.
Collecting contact information from the other party in the collision is key. You should exchange names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance company information with the other driver.
It is also important to collect the license plate of the other vehicle. In addition, if there are any witnesses who confirm your explanations of the crash, it is useful to gather their contact information and statements as well.
Gather proof of the incident
If you have a case where the other driver is responsible for the collision, it is imperative to collect as much evidence at the scene as possible to support your case. Taking photographs of the damage sustained by your vehicle and any other data that support your description of events is useful evidence.
Contacting your insurance company
The law states that insurance companies must pay claims promptly in Connecticut. The at-fault driver is responsible for containing the insurance company after an accident; however, informing your own insurance company is important to make sure they’re aware so that they may pursue legal action against the other driver’s insurance company if needed.
You may consider writing a letter to the at-fault insurance company that explains the events and damages you suffered. In addition, you may want to call the police to the scene of the accident if you sustained physical injuries or significant damages. A police report may be useful when presenting your evidence for a case.