If you are involved in a car accident while traveling in North Carolina, it’s important to remain at the scene. Leaving the scene of a wreck may result in criminal charges, and it may also make it harder to obtain a favorable outcome in a civil case. There are a number of things that you can do while waiting for authorities to arrive and then afterward.
Ideally, you’ll spend your time at the accident scene taking pictures, filming video and getting witness statements. You may also want to ask witnesses if they have video footage of the moment that the wreck occurred or anything else that might help your cause. Any photos or video footage that you take yourself will likely be included in the insurance claim that you submit.
Exchange information with other parties
Other motorists who are involved in the car accident have an obligation to provide their insurance information. They should also give you their name, address and a way to get in touch with them if necessary. If you don’t feel comfortable exchanging information on your own, the police may be willing to do so on your behalf. You should let your insurance company know if the other motorist doesn’t have a license or insurance as it will likely influence the outcome of the claims or overall legal process.
If you are hurt in a car crash caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages or other damages. Often, personal injury cases are resolved outside of court, but if the amount offered is insufficient, a trial might be necessary.