Whether a minor fender-bender or a fatal collision, auto accidents can result in legal liability issues with major consequences for personal injury or property damage. In most States, you must exchange vehicle and license information with other parties in any accident. In some States, if property damage appears to be more than a specified amount, or anyone is hurt, you must also call for law enforcement and remain at the scene.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, consult with an attorney before making statements, signing documents, or accepting an insurance offer.
Talk to a lawyer if:
- Any party reports physical injury;
- You fill out insurance claims forms;
- You are offered insurance compensation;
- Either party is charged with a criminal traffic violation;
- Either insurance company denies your claim;
- The status of your license may be affected; and/or
- Your vehicle fails in some way (e.g., brakes or steering fail or airbags don’t deploy).
Depending upon the facts of your situation, you may need a criminal attorney, a personal injury attorney, a product liability lawyer, someone who regularly deals with the Department of Motor Vehicles or insurance companies – or any combination.