Being hurt in an accident can turn your life upside down. It’s particularly stressful when you did nothing to cause the accident yourself. If the at-fault party misrepresents the truth (or even outright lies) when giving their version of events for the accident report, it certainly adds insult to injury. But as long as you have evidence to back up your recollection of the events that occurred, the truth will usually be uncovered.
It is not unusual for people who are involved in serious car accidents to make false statements about how the accident happened. This is a common avoidance technique that is used to negate financial and sometimes even criminal consequences if they are found to be the cause of the accident. Regardless, telling the truth to both the police investigating the accident and the insurance company is usually enough to make things right. If you have been in a car accident, contact the Law Office of Howard Craig Kornberg and our car crash attorney in Los Angeles CA to ensure your legal rights as an injured party.
Documenting Your Car Accident
If possible, when you are involved in an accident, collect evidence of the accident or ask someone else to do so. You need to be able to show what actually happened. Be sure to ask bystanders or witnesses if they can make their own statements to police responding to the scene and try to get their contact information. Use your phone’s camera to snap photos of the scene and damage to your vehicle or person. Look for any signs of intoxication by other drivers involved in the accident, and jot down notes to help you remember what you see.
Always Get a Police Report
Even if you don’t feel like you are hurt initially, your injuries may be revealed only weeks or even months later. A police report is a vital part of the process of determining fault in a crash. Never admit to faulting yourself but be sure to speak up and let the police know who you believe to be responsible and why. This can help protect you in the future if it turns out the other party lied to the police.
Contact Your Insurer
As soon as you can after your accident, call your insurer and let them know about the accident. Tell them everything that you remember and let them know what you told the police. Your insurance company will at least initially be on your side since they hope to avoid paying out for any damages.
Speak with an Experienced Attorney
It is important, especially for a serious accident, that you retain the help of an aggressive attorney with a history of going to bat for accident victims. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our Los Angeles car accident attorney has the knowledge and know-how to help present the facts in your case exactly how they unfolded and refute any falsehoods by the at-fault party. Contact us as soon as possible following your car wreck so that we can begin working on your claim. Dial 310-997-0904 to set up your free case evaluation.