Michigan motor vehicle accidents can occur to anyone at any time. It is important that drivers know what steps they should take in the aftermath of one, even if they are not at fault. This helps in safeguarding their rights and interests if the other party flees the scene, does not report the accident denies the account of the non-at-fault driver or is simply uncooperative.
If drivers are injured, they should seek medical assistance as soon as possible, and if they are able, take detailed notes about their injuries. Everyone who has been involved in the accident should be checked on. However, no one should be moved unless it is for their protection. If possible, the vehicles should be moved out of traffic and to the side of the road to prevent a traffic jam or another accident.
No one should assume that the at-fault driver will report the accident to his or her insurer. Instead of assuming that the other driver will notify the appropriate authorities, certain information should be obtained. This includes the other driver's name, address and contact number as well as the name of the insurer and their policy number. If possible, witness statements should be obtained along with their contact information. A driver may also want to take photos of the scene and the license plate of the other vehicle.
Car accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons, but statistics have shown that the vast majority are attributable to human factors. When a collision has been caused by the negligence of another driver, such as one who was speeding or impaired by alcohol, injured victims might want to have a lawyer's help in seeking compensation for their losses.