17th July 2023
Being involved in a North Dakota car accident is a frightening, frustrating experience. But even though you’re not in a good frame of mind, you still face legal responsibilities in the immediate aftermath. This article will cover just some of them.
The skilled attorneys with Sand Law will be ready to help if you’ve suffered an injury in a wreck that wasn’t your fault. If you would like to schedule a free case review, please contact us online or call 701-609-1510.
Fulfilling Your Legal Responsibilities After a North Dakota Car Accident
After a car accident in North Dakota, it’s essential to comply with state laws whether you’re at-fault or the victim. Your responsibilities under North Dakota laws include the following:
Exchanging Information with Other Parties
This exchange of information allows for the proper handling of insurance claims and helps establish liability. Here are the key details to share:
- Name and contact information: Provide your full name, phone number, and address to the other drivers involved in the accident. Obtain their names, contact information, and addresses as well. It’s essential to have accurate and up-to-date information for communication purposes.
- Insurance details: Share your insurance information with the other drivers, including the insurance company’s name and policy number. Request the same information from them. This exchange ensures that insurance companies can be contacted promptly to initiate the claims process.
- Driver’s license information: Provide your driver’s license number and state of issuance to the other drivers. Request their driver’s license information as well. This helps verify identities and ensures accurate reporting of the parties involved in the accident.
Remember to remain calm and respectful during the information exchange process. Avoid discussing fault or making any admissions of liability. The insurance companies will work to determine fault, as will your lawyer. If necessary, a court will decide who was to blame.
Your Duty to Render Aid
In North Dakota, if anyone involved in an accident requires medical attention, you have a legal duty to render aid to the best of your abilities. This duty includes:
Calling for Emergency Medical Services
If the situation warrants immediate medical attention, call 911 to request an ambulance. Inform the dispatcher about the accident location, the number of injured individuals, and any specific medical needs.
Providing Reasonable Assistance
While awaiting medical help, provide reasonable assistance to injured parties. This may include applying basic first aid, such as applying pressure to stop bleeding or providing comfort and reassurance until professional help arrives. Use your judgment and act within your capabilities to ensure the well-being of those involved.
Fulfilling your duty to render aid not only upholds your legal obligations but also demonstrates your concern for the welfare of others. Failure to fulfill this duty can result in legal consequences.
Filing a Police Report
In North Dakota, you must report the accident to law enforcement if it meets specific criteria. Report the accident to the police in the following situations:
- Injury: If anyone involved in the accident suffers an injury, you have to report the accident to the police. This ensures that the injuries are documented and helps establish a factual record of the incident.
- Death: If the accident results in a fatality, immediately report the accident to the police. They’ll conduct a thorough investigation and create an official report.
- Property damage: If the accident results in $4,000 or more in property damage, you must report the accident to the police, county sheriff, or highway patrol.
Remember to provide accurate and truthful information when filing a police report. Misrepresentation of facts can have legal consequences and undermine the credibility of your case.
Other Action Items to Keep in Mind After a North Dakota Car Accident
While not legally required, certain actions can help protect your interests and strengthen your case. Here are just a few to keep in mind.
Document the Accident Scene
Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, road conditions, and any contributing factors, such as skid marks or traffic signals. This documentation can provide crucial evidence later.
Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor after an accident, even if you think you’re fine. Some injuries may not manifest symptoms right away. A medical professional can assess your condition and document any injuries.
Gather Witness Information
If there were witnesses to the accident, try to obtain their contact information. Witness statements can provide additional perspectives and support your version of events.
Preserve any physical evidence of the accident, such as damaged vehicle parts or personal belongings. Keep copies of any documents relevant to the accident and your injuries, such as medical records or repair invoices.
Avoid Discussing the Accident on Social Media
Be cautious about what you post regarding the accident or your injuries on social media platforms. Insurance companies or opposing parties may monitor your social media activity, and information shared online can be used against you. Only discuss the accident once your case is resolved.
Hire an Attorney
Consider seeking legal representation from a car accident attorney experienced in North Dakota laws. An attorney can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and help you pursue full and fair compensation for your damages.
They can also obtain evidence you might not be able to access, such as footage from nearby surveillance cameras that might have caught the accident.
How Can Sand Law Help You Receive Full and Fair Compensation?
Sand Law is a law firm with extensive expertise in personal injury cases, including car accidents. We can assist you in many ways, such as:
- Investigating the accident: Sand Law will conduct a thorough investigation, collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reconstructing the incident if necessary. This evidence will help establish liability and strengthen your case.
- Handling insurance claims: We’ll also communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, protecting your rights and working to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. They will fight for maximum financial recovery for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and other damages.
- Litigation representation: If negotiations don’t lead to an equitable settlement, Sand Law will prepare your case for litigation and advocate for your rights in court. Our skilled attorneys will present your case effectively and work toward a favorable outcome.
Contact Us for a Free Case Consultation After Your Accident
Call Sand Law at 701-609-1510 or use our online form for a free consultation. While we won’t make any promises, we can guarantee we’ll do everything possible to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.