Been in a car accident because someone ran a red light and hit you? The first priority, of course, is to see a doctor and make sure that you’re okay. And as soon as possible, write down as much information as you can remember about the details of the accident. This should be done even if you don’t think your vehicle has sustained a lot of damage and / or even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. Photos, notes, and recorded footage of details around the accident can all help you.
Fact: A lot of people who report pain from auto injuries experience that pain after the adrenaline wears off, most often it starts to set in the day after the accident. By this time, you may have forgotten some important details that could make a difference in your case. Even if you feel fine after an accident, record all the details you can recall. By doing this as soon as possible after the event, you can ensure you have all the facts to present to an attorney in case the need arises.
If you aren‘t well enough to write those details down immediately after an accident, you can make a voice recording memo on your smartphone or ask a loved one to take down notes that you recount to them. Details are essential.
Get a Legal Consultation from an Auto Accident Attorney
A car accident attorney should be consulted as soon as possible after an accident. Lawyers specialized in auto accidents can help you take the necessary steps to maximize your chances of being reimbursed for damages and / or for any associated injuries. They understand the process and can make recommendations accordingly. Legal advice could also be essential if you are being blamed for an accident that you feel was not your fault. Most attorneys offer an initial no-obligation consultation, so it’s to your advantage to take this risk-free opportunity to learn more about what your rights, responsibilities, and, if needed, you can get help dealing with the courts, with your insurance company, etcetera.
Red Light Accidents: 800 Deaths Annually, Thousands Injured
Red light accidents are a major problem and that’s why so many cities have installed intersection cameras. Accidents that occur when someone runs a red light are responsible for approximately 800 annual fatalities. Thousands are injured every year and for many, those injuries are life-altering. If you’ve been in an auto accident at an intersection, there may be a recording of the accident and it could be crucial in your case.
If your vehicle has been hit after a car ran a red light or it occurred at an intersection with a red light camera, an auto accident attorney could work on your behalf to get that camera footage so that it can be used as part of the evidence in your case.
If you’re not sure if an accident you were in was recorded by a red light camera, it’s worth asking your attorney to check it out, whether it was a hit and run or whether the individual that hit you remained on scene.
No Intersection Camera? An Attorney Can Help You Build Your Case
Even if your accident wasn’t recorded by a red light camera, there may be a chance it was recorded by surveillance cameras for local businesses or residences. And even without footage of the actual collision, there could still be a solid case. Eyewitness accounts are going to be very important in cases like these and an auto accident attorney can leverage resources, such as a private investigator and / or an auto accident reconstruction expert to help you further with your case.
In summary, whether you’ve had a serious injury, suffered significant damage to your vehicle or your property, and whether or not a red light camera may have captured your auto accident, talking to an auto accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident will help you maximize your chances of a favorable outcome, whether in a court case or related to an insurance claim.
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