When you’re involved in a car accident it can quickly get very overwhelming. During this time, making mistakes could lead to a lot of headaches later on down the road.
So if you’ve already been in an accident and aren’t sure what to do, or just want to be prepared in case you are in an accident in the future, keep reading. Here are some things you should NOT do after a car accident.
Flee the Scene
When you’re involved in an accident, no matter how big or small, you need to stay on the scene until police and or medical professionals arrive and you are cleared to go. If you flee the scene things will get much worse because now it’s a hit and run, a possible felony charge.
Skip the Police Call
If there are other cars involved in the accident they may ask you not to call the police, especially if they are uninsured, intoxicated or an unlicensed driver. Skipping that phone call is a bad idea. Always call the police and let them know what happened. This will provide useful information if you end up in court or have issues with either insurance party.
Neglect to Get Documentation
Not properly documenting the accident is a huge mistake. Make sure you get a copy of the police report as well as the other driver’s name, contact information, license plate and insurance information. It’s also a good idea to take photos of any damage to your car and theirs.
Injuries from a car accident can be instant or they can show up over several days or weeks. Do not ignore your injuries or dismiss them as nothing major. Make sure you seek medical attention and follow doctors’ advice for any injuries you sustained.
Take the Blame
When you’re in an accident it’s easy to feel guilty or ashamed even if you didn’t cause it. Never admit to fault or take the blame for the accident. The fault will be determined by the insurance company and/or the court. Be truthful about your statements but don’t accept fault for something you did not do or cause.
Pay Off the Other Party
Never, ever pay cash to the other party for damages. You have car insurance to help with that and they may scam you. Tell them you want to go through both of your insurance companies to handle any claims. Do not accept cash either. This is very common when the other person is to blame and does not want to accept fault or face repercussions.
Try to Represent Yourself
If you end up going to court, don’t try to represent yourself. Find an experienced attorney who can represent you. They will be able to handle the paperwork and all legal matters to ensure you the best outcome.