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Dealing With the Other Driver After an Accident

Finding yourself in a car accident can be infuriating, especially if it happened through no fault of your own. If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of the negligence of another driver, it is even more infuriating. Despite one's anger in the moment, it is incredibly important to remain calm when dealing with the other person involved in an accident. There are many reasons for this, but let's get the obvious ones out of the way. People are already rattled, scared, possibly injured, and maybe a bit confused. Reacting to an intense situation with more volume and aggression can only lead to misunderstandings, an even more heightened response in kind, and in extreme situations, to violence or irrational behavior.

Beyond these concerns, should you decide that you want to file a personal injury claim against the person who harmed you, it's good to keep in mind that statements will be taken, witnesses will be questioned, and the way you reacted after an accident will certainly be noted, and possibly admitted as testimony at trial. At the very least you can expect such information to come out during the deposition phase of the pre-trial process. In a trial, as in life, perception is everything. A jury and a judge who gets the wrong perception of you can take away damages that you deserve. This isn't simply an issue of appearing likable, but appearing reasonable. After all, if the driver who caused the accident is being sued for negligent driving, that means he or she is essentially being sued for not being a reasonable driver and breaching a duty of care towards other drivers on the road, which caused the accident in question. By the same token, how one reacts to such a situation can strengthen or weaken their claims of personal injury, pain and suffering, and general approach towards a claim. If an accident victim's reaction to the accident seems reasonable, then the claim itself seems reasonable and the demands for damages worthy of consideration. If such a victim reacts in a way that is not reasonable, then it does not necessarily negate the merits of the argument, or the case, but it certainly does not make things any easier.

We are all human, and we will not always act the way we perhaps should. Regardless of how you may have reacted in light of a serious car accident, having a good personal injury lawyer protect you and your reputation in advance of litigation and during trial will greatly increase your chances of convincing a jury or a judge of the merits of your case, and of receiving the damages you seek. You need a lawyer who is empathetic enough to understand the feelings and concerns you were experiencing during and after the accident, while being experienced and skilled enough to present your story in the best light possible and offering the strongest arguments in your favor. The California Attorney Group houses personal injury lawyers who specialize in the types of cases affecting you at this very moment. Do not let momentary flashes of anger or misplaced statements ruin your case. You deserve compensation for personal injury, especially when it was suffered due to the negligence of another driver. Contact the California Attorney Group today to determine the best way to receive the damages owed to you by the other driver.