When you’re in an auto accident, there are a lot of things to think about: exchanging insurance information, calling the police, checking for injuries. But after the initial shock and adrenaline start to wear off, what should you do next? Here are 10 do’s and don’ts to keep in mind after an auto accident.
1. Do: Seek Medical Attention
After an auto accident, it’s important to check for injuries. If you or your passengers are injured, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s a good idea to see a doctor. Some injuries, like whiplash, may not show symptoms right away. It’s important to get a medical diagnosis as soon as possible after an accident. This will document your injuries and can be used to support your claim for damages.
2. Don’t: Apologize
When you’re in the midst of an auto accident, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and say or do something you may regret later. One thing you should definitely NOT do after an auto accident is apologizing. Apologizing can be seen as an admission of guilt, and it could hurt your case if you decide to file a claim against the other driver. It’s best to stay calm and focused after an accident and avoid saying anything that could be used against you.
3. Do: Exchange Insurance Information
After an auto accident, you’ll need to exchange insurance information with the other driver. This includes your name, address, phone number, insurance company name, and policy number. You should also get the other driver’s information. If possible, take a photo of the other driver’s insurance card with your phone. This will ensure that you have all the information you need, and it can be helpful if there’s any dispute later on.
4.Don’t: Flee the Scene
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime. If you’re involved in an accident, especially if someone is injured, you should stay at the scene until the police arrive. Fleeing the scene of an accident can result in hefty fines and even jail time. It’s not worth it to try and escape responsibility, so always stay at the scene of an accident.
5.Do: Call the Police
Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a serious collision, you should always call the police after an auto accident. The police will create an official report, which can be used as evidence if you need to file a claim or a lawsuit. Additionally, the police can help sort out the accident details and determine who is at fault. Even if the other driver tries to convince you not to call the police, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and make the call.
Being in an auto accident is never a pleasant experience. But it’s important to stay calm and try to think clearly after an accident. This will help you make smart decisions and avoid doing anything that could later hurt your case. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths and try to relax. It may help to talk to a friend or family member who can offer support and help you to think more clearly.
7. Do: Gather Evidence
If you’re able, take photos of the accident scene with your phone. This can be helpful later on, especially if there’s any dispute about who was at fault. Be sure to get pictures of both vehicles, as well as any damage to property, like a fence or lamp post. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their names and contact information. Witnesses can provide valuable testimony if your case goes to court.
8. Don’t: Discuss The Accident With Anyone Else
File a police report and contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Once you’ve done that, you should avoid discussing the accident with anyone else. This includes the other driver, passengers in your vehicle, and witnesses to the accident. Anything you say could be used against you later on, so it’s best to stay mum until you’ve had a chance to speak to an attorney.
9. Do: Cooperate with the Police
The police is your friend after an auto accident. Even if you’re not at fault, it’s important to cooperate with the police and answer their questions truthfully. If you decide to file a claim or lawsuit later on, the police report can be used as evidence. So it’s in your best interest to make sure that the report is accurate and does not contain any false statements.
10. Don’t: Record a Statement for the Insurance Company
After an accident, the insurance company will likely contact you and try to get you to record a statement. They may even send an adjuster to meet with you in person. You should avoid recording a statement for the insurance company. Anything you say could be used against you later on, so it’s best to wait until you’ve spoken to an attorney.
If you’re injured in an accident, the insurance company may try to lowball you with a settlement offer. But if you have an attorney, they will fight for a fair settlement that covers all of your damages.
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