Should You Take Responsibility for Causing a Car Crash?

Car crashes are stressful events. Watching traffic whirl by as you examine your car’s damage and look for others involved in the crash can be a blur in your memory. Stress and anxiety can be even greater if you believe you were at fault for causing the accident.

Are You Guilty of Causing a Virginia Car Crash?

As a responsible driver here in the D.C. metro area, you may feel that the honest and upright act would be to take all responsibility for causing the crash. However, that is not necessarily the wisest thing to do. There could actually be more underlying factors that you’re unaware of that may have contributed to your crash.

So, here are a few things that you SHOULD DO if you think you caused a crash:

  • First, look for any obvious injuries. Check yourself, passengers, and also those riding in other cars involved in the crash. Try to make sure anybody involved is safe, and those who are injured remain still.
  • Exchange your contact and insurance information. This is important because this will provide you with information about the other driver’s insurance provider, and whether or not they are even covered under a policy.
  • Report the incident to the police. This is critical, even after a minor car crash. State the facts clearly and simply, without directly admitting fault.
  • Call your insurance company to let them know what happened.
  • Call a highly skilled car accident attorney as quickly as possible. He or she will know exactly what information you need to know. This step is especially important because a skilled attorney is familiar with different with causes of car crashes. Fault for yours’ may not be as clear-cut as a “I did it! I’m responsible” situation.
Other Factors Contributing to Your Accident

There are many reasons why you may have gotten into a car accident. Immediately accepting fault may cause the authorities to ignore other possible causes of the crash. These causes could be: manufacturer defects, other drivers on the road, poorly maintained roadways, or countless others.

By not admitting sole responsibility, and talking with an attorney, you can learn whether or not there were outside factors that contributed to your accident. Getting the advice of a skilled lawyer can protect your rights.

Do you have more questions about what to do if you’ve caused a car crash? Don’t make assumptions about what the best actions to take might be. Contact us today to find out exactly what your rights may be, even if you were responsible for causing an accident.

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