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Help! I just got into a fender bender! What do I do?

Posted on April 16, 2017 at 12:50 AM

FIRST.  No matter how minor the accident, and no matter how "good" or "ok" you feel,still seek immediate medical attention! I've had people tell me that they felt great initailly but then the next day they felt like they were literally "hit by a car."  Often, the first few moments of what seems like a very "simple" accident, our body will produce adrenaline.  When it kicks in it triggers our body's "fight or filght" system. The sudden rush endorphines help our body stay strong until the danager is over. Once it's over any pain they you would have normally felt at the time of the accident hits you.


Second.  Do not talk to anyone about the accident!  Any statements you make could harm any potentially claim for damages.  Insurance companies will often use your "excited" statements against you.  When/if speaking to the police about the accident give ONLY the basic facts of what happened.  Leave your opinion and your desire to be "right" out of it.  You will have ample time to explain what happeded later. 


Third.      Contact an attorney that understands the complexities of auto accidents.  You want to make sure that any potential claim you have is handled fairly and competently.  Even if your decide that an attorney is not needed for your claim, speaking to one can still ease your mind.  


Finally.   Remain as calm as is reasonably possible.  When we are excited we tend to say things that may not be accurate.  Remember the basic 3 steps above to protect yourself.  



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Miranda Rights

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 12:50 AM

If you ever find yourself in trouble with the law you need to know your legal rights!  People get arrested all the time and, because they don't know their legal rights, they end up making a bad situation worse. Knowing the follow can and will save you a lot of trouble:

At the very minimum YOU HAVE THE RIGHT:

TO REMAIN SILENT (This means that you DON’T TALK TO POLICE, no matter how scared, upset, or mad you are OR how pushy, scary, friendly, etc., that they are).

TO AN ATTORNEY (This means even if you can’t afford a lawyer one will be appointed to you by the Court).

Knowing these basic rights are often the difference in how your case will be adjudicated.

Only give police basic information i.e. Your name, driver’s license, Registration and insurance (if you stopped in a vehicle). The officer stopped you so she or he should be the one talking.

If they ask more probing questions, ask them if you are free to go. If the answer is yes, then leave. If the answer is no immediately tell them that you are invoking your constitutional right to remain silent and do just that.

Remember, and I can’t stress this enough, the POLICE ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND! Ask yourself, would your friend take away your freedom? Would your friend place you in handcuffs and take you to jail? Would your friend try to get you to incriminate yourself? Of course they wouldn't.

 


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