Car crashes are common across the United States, and most Americans will be involved in one at some point in their lives. When an accident happens, it is important to know what your responsibilities are. By keeping a few tips in mind, you will be better prepared for facing the aftermath of a serious collision.
When should I contact a personal-injury lawyer?
If you sustained injuries in a car crash, you should contact a qualified personal-injury lawyer. An attorney can determine if you have a valid claim for medical bills and lost wages.
Rensch & Rensch Law is an established personal-injury firm with a track-record of successful case outcomes. We have 45 years of combined experience, and our team of attorneys has litigated more than 100 trials. Call us today at 1-800-471-4100 to schedule an initial consultation, and read on for the key responsibilities of any driver involved in a crash.
After a Crash, Safety Comes First
DMV.org reminds readers that it is important to secure the scene immediately following a crash and ensure that everyone involved is safe. After that, it is critical to exchange comprehensive information with all other drivers at the scene, regardless of who was at fault for the crash.
Important information to collect includes names, addresses, license numbers, a description or photographs of the vehicles involved and as much car insurance information as possible. If the owner of the other vehicle is not available due to injuries or if the car was unattended at the time of the crash, it is important to leave your contact information. The failure to do so can result in a hit-and-run charge.
Should I report the crash?
According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, it is important to report any car accident that occurs. Drivers are legally obligated to report a crash to the Department of Roads if it resulted in death, injury or significant property damage. If property damage for any one vehicle exceeds $1,000, those involved must submit an official Driver’s Motor Vehicle Accident Report within 10 days of the accident.
Those who fail to file a report are essentially committing a misdemeanor and may face a fine of $50. If injuries prevent a driver from completing the form, the vehicle’s owner may do so on his or her behalf. Local police and insurance agents are also able to assist with the filing of accident reports, and they can answer any questions you might have.
If you are struggling with injuries sustained in a car crash, you may benefit from contacting an experienced Omaha personal-injury attorney. A qualified lawyer can assess your case and determine if you have a valid claim.
As an accident victim, you may be able to claim back wages and medical expenses, and an attorney can help with this process. To learn your rights, call Rensch & Rensch Law today at 1-800-471-4100 to schedule an initial consultation.