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How can you protect yourself after an auto accident?

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2020 | Personal Injury |

North Carolina is home to many beautiful, twisting mountain roads. With proper precautions, driving these can be a delight. Yet, other motorists may not recognize their vehicle’s limits on these roads, or the safety measures they must take to avoid an accident. If you sustained injuries after another driver collided with you, it is important you know how to protect yourself afterward.

Steps to take at the scene

Immediately after your accident, you must check for injuries. If you – or any other drivers – sustained injuries, it is crucial to call 911 immediately. Once law enforcement arrives at the scene, they will fill out an accident report and determine fault for the collision.

At the scene, you will also want to exchange names and insurance information with the other motorists involved. You must survey and document the damage to your vehicles as well. Taking these steps is imperative to making sure your insurance claim is valid and accurate.

Understanding your options for compensation

North Carolina observes fault-based insurance laws. After an auto accident, these require you to file your personal injury and property damage claims through the insurance company of the at-fault motorist. When filing these, you will want to make sure you have thorough records of any pertinent information, such as your medical and vehicle repair expenses.

Depending on the severity of your injuries and your vehicle’s damage, your expenses may mount quickly and could exceed the at-fault motorist’s coverage limits. If they do, you will want to consider filing a lawsuit against them for damages. Keep in mind that your time limit for proceeding – for both personal injury and property damage cases – is three years from the date of your accident.

By knowing how to proceed after an auto accident, you can protect yourself from major expenses and losses related to it. A legal professional can help you weigh your options for pursuing appropriate compensation.