Admitting Fault in a Car Accident: 4 Important Steps to Know

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If you’ve been in an accident, it is important to take your time considering the situation and do not admit fault until you’ve had time to process. A lawyer like Luschas, Naparsteck, and Crane, LLP, can help walk you through the necessary steps following a car accident, and we’re available now for any questions you might have.

Following the Accident, Take Care With Your Statements

The moments following a car accident are extremely stressful. It can be difficult to process everything while ensuring that everyone is safe, processing a police report, and addressing any problems with your vehicle. Suppose you are asked by the other driver/s involved what happened or accused of being at fault. In that case, it can be best to excuse yourself from the conversation, make the police report, and reach out to a personal injury attorney with car accident experience to help you.

Provide the Police With a Statement But Contact an Attorney Before Admitting Fault

Accepting responsibility for a car accident maybe something in the chaos following an accident that you feel a desire to do. Sometimes it feels polite to admit partial fault in an accident or to be generous in agreeing with statements made by the other driver/s. However, it is important that you take care in your statement to the police that you do not take responsibility for the accident. Accepting responsibility before you’ve had a chance to settle down and ideally go over the accident with an attorney may prematurely damage whatever case you might have.

Admitting Fault Impacts Your Case Differently in Different States

When you’ve been in a car accident, and you might not be entirely sure whose fault it was, reaching out to an attorney can be a wise move. The National Law Review notes that Pennsylvania is considered to be a no-fault state. In a no-fault state, your auto insurance is generally the party immediately responsible for your medical bills. You would receive the protection of your Injury Protection (PIP) element of your insurance, which might have limits. Some costs may come out of your pocket, depending upon your copays and deductible.

The state in which you were driving during the accident impacts how your insurance provider and other drivers process your claim. If you’ve had a car accident in Pennsylvania, a local personal injury attorney with a car accident practice can help.

Reach out to an Attorney for Informed and Effective Advocacy for Your Accident

The admission of fault might impact your case in a substantial way, so if you’ve had an accident and are unsure, contact us today so that we can help you process your damages and recover from the accident to be made whole.

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FAQ

Am I automatically to blame if I think I caused the accident?

No, there are many variables to consider in assigning fault.

What happens if I’m the only party involved in an accident?

Conditions may have caused the accident, and an attorney can help you determine this.

Should I admit fault at the scene of the accident?

No, consult with an attorney before admitting fault.

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