Questions You May Be Asked Concerning Your Car Accident Claim

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If you were in a car accident, you likely feel overwhelmed with everything going on in its wake. You may feel even more overwhelmed with all of the questions you’re being asked. Indeed, there are many questions that you might be asked by the insurance companies and your lawyer. 

To prepare you for these questions, we want to share with you some of the most common. This will help take some of the stress off of you and give you an opportunity to prepare the right answers.

1. What were you doing at the time of the accident?
2. Do you have any witnesses?
3. What was the other driver doing at the time of the accident?
4. Do you know what caused the accident?
5. Were there any mechanical defects or malfunctions with your vehicle before the crash occurred?
6. Can you provide any documentation, such as maintenance records, to show that your car was in good condition?
7. Did you have insurance when the accident occurred?
8. Within the last ten years, have you been involved in any other automobile accidents?

Let’s take a moment to go over a few of these questions to give you an idea of how you should respond.

What were you doing at the time of the accident?

When you are asked this question, you should answer with the truth. The reason for this is that it will help the other driver’s insurance company find out what was happening at the time of the crash.

If you were breaking the law, for example, it is important to tell them so they can figure out who was at fault. And if you were not breaking the law but still contributed to the crash in some way, it is important that you admit to your role in the crash.

Do you have any witnesses?

If you have any witnesses to the accident, ask them to provide written statements of what they saw. This may be helpful in the event that the other driver contests your claim. If you have a witness, ask them to write a statement of what they saw. If the other driver contests your claim, your witness’s written statement will help support your claim.

What was the other driver doing at the time of the accident?

The driver of the other vehicle may have been negligent in some way. This could include:

1. Failing to stop at a stop sign or signal
2. Driving too fast
3. Following too closely
4. Texting or checking messages on a cell phone while driving

Do you know what caused the accident?

If you don’t know what caused the accident, you should provide this information to your attorney and the insurance company. Asking this question can help your attorney and insurance company figure out who was at fault and what compensation you should receive.

Insurance companies often ask for details about the accident and why you were not at fault. They will also want to know who was driving the car, what the driver was doing at the time of the accident, how the driver was driving, and whether you were driving or a passenger at the time of the accident.

When you are in an accident, your lawyer will want to know about any witnesses to the accident. Witnesses can be helpful because they can provide information about what was happening before, during, and after the accident. 

They may have information about any mechanical defects or malfunctions with your vehicle before the crash occurred. It is important to have all of the details about why you are seeking compensation for injuries sustained in an accident.

Were there any mechanical defects or malfunctions with your vehicle before the crash occurred?

The idea of being in a car accident is frightening. It’s not uncommon for individuals to experience some kind of injury, such as whiplash, after an accident. If you’ve had an accident, it’s important to find out whether your car had any mechanical defects or malfunctions that could have caused the crash. This is especially important if the other driver is claiming that you caused the accident.

For example, if your water pump failed, this was an outside event that may have caused the crash. If the other driver was not paying attention and crashed into your vehicle, it’s possible that you had nothing to do with it.

To find out if this is the case, you need to go to an auto body shop and get your car assessed. If there was an outside event that caused the crash, then liability will be assigned according to who was at fault for the accident — not your water pump failing.

Can you provide any documentation, such as maintenance records, to show that your car was in good condition?

All vehicles need routine maintenance to ensure that they are in good condition. If you have a car accident and your car is not in good condition, you will need to provide documentation to the insurance company showing that your car was properly maintained.

Above all else, it’s important to have an experienced car accident attorney in your corner. By contacting Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law, you can be sure to have experienced legal counsel and representation.

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This extensive legal experience, coupled with our many years of service and dedication in the community, enables our lawyers to provide comprehensive representation to our clients. So if you need a knowledgeable car accident attorney, we invite you to call or contact the law office of Crary Buchanan today. We proudly serve Stuart and the surrounding areas and are here to assist you with your legal concerns. 

The information in this blog post is for reference only and not legal advice. As such, you should not decide whether to contact a lawyer based on the information in this blog post. Moreover, there is no lawyer-client relationship resulting from this blog post, nor should any such relationship be implied. If you need legal counsel, please consult a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.