Someone that has been held responsible for an injury-causing accident has become a defendant. All defendants need to protect their legal interests and their financial interests.
Actions that all defendants should take
• Call the police and ask them to come to the scene of the accident
• Cooperate with the police, once they arrive at the scene; also cooperate with the emergency responders
• Make note of any significant features, such as the number of lanes in the road, or the location of any skid marks.
• If possible, take photographs of the damaged vehicles
• If the defendant has been injured, then he or she has the right to seek medical attention.
• Report the accident to the insurance company that sold the same defendant his or her car insurance policy.
• Contact personal injury lawyer in Edmonton and schedule a consultation
Additional action to take, if the defendant feels that there are grounds for denial of the liability charges
Contact the insurance company of the driver that has claimed that you have become a defendant, because you are responsible for the accident.
How does a defendant stand to benefit from taking such actions?
Defendants that contact the claimant’s insurance company could discover that the same policyholder has filed other claims in the past, and that the insurance company has reason to doubt the veracity of the policyholder’s claim.
Defendants that contact their own insurance company should expect to have an adjuster call about scheduling a time for inspecting the damaged vehicle. That could prove beneficial. It might reveal the location of a dent that could not have been created by the alleged defendant’s car hitting the car that belonged to the anticipated claimant.
Actions to avoid, if you are about to become a defendant
Never leave the scene of the accident, unless you were severely injured and thus needed immediate medical attention. Do not act like someone that could be charged with triggering a hit and run incident.
Do not move your vehicle, unless it has become a safety hazard.
Do not hide any evidence.
Do not discuss the accident with others, even those men and women that are working for either of the insurance companies. Furthermore, do not discuss the accident with the lawyer that has been hired by the anticipated claimant.
So, how can a defendant learn what actions have been taken by the other side, if he or she does not speak with any lawyers or anyone in either insurance agency? That question underscores the need for a lawyer. Defendants that have any reason to feel that the blame should be shared ought to contact a personal injury lawyer.