DON’T BE FOOLED AFTER A CRASH
One of our car accident lawyers recently had another case where our client was rear-ended and exchanged insurance information (name, address, phone) with the other driver, but the other driver gave our client false information. Unfortunately, the police had not been called to the scene and our client did not get the license plate number of the other car.
If you are involved in a MN car accident, the best thing to do is wait until the police arrive so they can write a report. But at the least, don’t just rely on the information the other driver gives you. Get the driver’s license of the driver and definitely get the license plate number of the car. Be aware that even the driver’s license number is not enough, because the owner of the car might be a different person than the driver and you might be able to access the owner’s policy even if the driver is not insured. If you have a smart phone, get some photos too. Take pictures of the car damage to both vehicles, take a picture of the other driver, and take a picture of the driver’s license and the license plate on the car.
We also recently had two, kind of funny, incidents where the driver who caused the accident tried to flee after the crash, but didn’t get away with it. In one case, our client was rear-ended, but after the other driver drove away, our client discovered that the other driver’s front license plate fell off in the accident. That was an easy one for the police to follow up on. They tracked the driver down and showed him his missing license plate. (No apology from the runaway driver to our client, of course.) In another recent case, which was a very bad auto accident, a witness was able to videotape the teenagers in the other car running from the car they were in, so when they later claimed they weren’t driving or even in the car, the police had good evidence against them. It’s sad that people don’t take responsibility for their actions, but it is best to protect yourself by getting as much information as possible – even if the other driver seems very nice. If you are injured in a MN car accident, call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. We will answer your questions and make sure you rights are protected.