What NOT to do after an auto accident

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Car Accidents

Car accidents can be stressful and overwhelming situations. Knowing what not to do after a car accident is just as important as knowing what you should do.

If you are involved in an auto accident, avoid these mistakes.

Don’t leave the scene

It’s essential to stay at the scene of the accident, regardless of how minor it may seem. If you leave the scene, it may be considered a hit and run. This can lead to criminal charges.

Don’t forget to check for injuries

Immediately check yourself, passengers and others involved in the accident for injuries. Sometimes you may feel fine or thing you were just “banged up.” Regardless of how you feel, check for injuries and contact emergency services if you are physically harmed. You’ll also want to contact the police and let them know about the accident and file a report.

Don’t admit fault

Avoid admitting fault or assigning blame at the scene of the accident. Admitting fault can complicate insurance claims and legal proceedings later on.

Don’t forget to document the scene

Document the accident scene while you are there. You can take picture or video of your injuries, damage to your vehicle and road signs or conditions. Collect contact information from witnesses if possible.

Don’t settle too quickly

Do not agree to a settlement with the other party’s insurance company without seeking personalized legal guidance. Understanding the full extent of your injuries and damages is necessary before settling.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can better navigate the aftermath of a car accident and protect yourself legally and financially.

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