Learning About Criminal Law Cases

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Learning About Criminal Law Cases

Hello, my name is Trinity Michaels. Welcome to my site about criminal law. When I was a young kid, I would watch court cases unfold on the TV screen whenever I had the chance. My interest in this field developed into a lifelong passion that I pursue to this day. I would like to use this site to help you learn all you can about criminal law cases. I will cover how they begin, the steps involved in navigating them easily and the potential results of each case type. I will cover charges, sentences and other factors involved in criminal law cases. Thank you.

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What To Do If You're Involved In An At-Fault Accident

Even if you believe you are at fault for causing a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you shouldn't do is to accept blame. Leave the job of determining who is at fault up to your insurance company or the court, as being at fault isn't always due to careless driving or negligence.

Even if no one has been hurt, and you don't have to call 9-1-1 for medical assistance, there are still immediate steps to take following an accident to protect your legal rights.

Ensure Everyone's Safety

Pull your vehicle off to the side of the road if the damage is minor and it's still safe to drive. The other driver involved in the mishap should do the same. If you can't move your vehicle, or if it's illegal in your state to move your vehicle until the police arrive at the crash site, get yourself and others safely off the road. Whether your vehicle is on or off the road, use the flares or warning triangles from your roadside emergency kit to signal oncoming traffic of a disabled vehicle ahead.

Get Photo Documentation

Take photos of both vehicles and the damage to each. If you move the vehicles off to the shoulder of the road, get before and after photos.

Get photos of the road or intersection, skid marks, any crash debris, and traffic lights or signs. If injuries are involved, get photos of those too. If the case goes to court, pictures can help show details you might not be able to describe accurately.

Contact Police

Call the local or state police to report the accident. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have all the information they need to file a full accident report. Avoid talking to anyone -- except for the police -- about what happened. Don't even say "I'm sorry" to the other driver as those words can imply guilt.

Exchange Information

Exchange your information with the other driver. Be sure any information you give or receive is accurate. Both you and the other driver will need the other person's:

  • Name, address, and phone number

  • Insurance information, including the name of the insurance company and policy number

  • Vehicle year, make, and model

  • Driver's license number

  • Vehicle registration number

  • License plate number

Note the Details

Write down the details surrounding the accident. Include anything you think might be useful when the insurance company investigates.

What to note:

  • Time of day the accident occurred

  • Weather conditions at the time (Example: poor visibility because it was foggy, raining, or


  • Indicate what lane you were in at the time and from what direction the other vehicle came

  • If you were at at intersection with a traffic light or stop sign

  • If you tried to avoid hitting an animal in the road

  • If the sun was in your eyes

  • If you tried to avoid a pothole or road debris

  • If you experienced a flat tire or tire blowout

Contact Your Insurer

Call your insurance company before you leave the scene. Your insurer may want to talk to the police officer filing the accident report. Get the company's 800 number from your insurance ID card.

Get Witness Contact Information

If there were witnesses to the accident, ask them for their names and contact information. The insurance company or the police may want to interview them. Your attorney also may want to interview witnesses if you're sued in court.

Don't question a witness yourself, especially if you're facing litigation. Your lawyer, such as George T. Bochanis Law Offices, will know what questions to ask and how to ask them to get the facts.