A car accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience for anyone involved. In most cases, the trauma leaves the person involved in doing things he or she should not do after such an event. However, there are some things you should do after a car accident, like reaching out to your insurance company, calling for prompt medical attention, and discussing your event with an attorney. But there are some other things you should avoid doing after a car accident. This article is aimed at enlightening you on what not to do after a motor accident.
The law requires that anyone who has been involved in a car accident involving death, injury or damage to instantly turn off the engine of the car. If you don’t do this, and you leave the accident scene, according to Lancaster Law Firm you could be charged with a criminal offense. Leaving the scene of an accident will only make your case worse and no matter how tempting it may sound or look, you should never leave the scene of an accident.
The first point is, you must never depart the accident scene. Instantly call the emergency line: 911, and wait at the scene until a police officer comes to take a report. The Police officer will dispatch emergency medical personnel if anyone needs medical attention.
2. Don’t forget to call 911.
Some accident victims, for one reason or the other, believe that it is fine not to call 911 since nobody is injured in a car accident. This is a wrong belief. Regardless of the severity of the accident, call 911.
A report filed by the Police can be very crucial to establish who caused the accident in a lawsuit. Critical information about the car accident are contained in the Police report, including the names and contact details of the people involved, witnesses and write-up of how the accident happened.
3. Don’t lose your cool.
Involving in a motor accident can be very upsetting. After your involvement in the car accident, your emotions might probably run high. Make sure you don’t lose your cool for no reason. Avoid being angry with the other parties, even if they are the caused accident. Try to stay calm and ensure everyone involved in the accident gets the necessary help.
4. Never Forget to Document the Accident.
Before you leave the scene of the accident, it is important that you note down as much detail of the accident as possible. You can take pictures or record videos with your phone. Ensure you write down the names and contact details of everyone involved in the accident, including information about their insurance companies.
You can also ask witnesses (if you find any) to write down a brief statement about what they saw at the scene of the accident. Remember to jot down the names of the witnesses you have questioned as well as their contact information.
It is also important that you record basic information such as time and date the car accident happened, including the road and weather conditions of the scene. The most important part is to keep on record the license plate numbers of the people involved in the car accident.
Failure to document all of this basic information will make it hard to prove what actually occurred at the scene when the lawsuit starts in court. Your insurance company and Attorney will also need this information.
5. Never admit fault.
At the scene of a fresh car accident, never admit that you are at fault, or even in a discussion with an insurance company afterward. However, try to be as honest as possible, but never admit that you are at fault. Admitting you are at fault can be used against you later on by insurance providers, which will possibly try to avoid paying for damage resulting from the car accident.
7. Never speak without an Attorney.
Insurance providers will attempt to get you to pay you a little amount as a settlement claim. It is, however risky to talk with the other insurance company of the other party without a learned attorney. They may record your statement and try to use it against you during the process of claims settlement or in a lawsuit.
8. Never engage in an unfair settlement agreement.
If you observe that an insurance provider is trying to gain undue advantage over you during the process of claims settlement, avoid entering a settlement agreement with them. Hire a qualified lawyer to help you better understand whether the offer is fair or not.
9. Never Decline to hire an Attorney.
Never fail to hire a lawyer to argue the case on your behalf. As a victim of a car accident where an injury or damage was recorded, make sure you hire a qualified lawyer. Never attempt to file a lawsuit on your own. It is a risky decision and one that could cost you money in the long run.
In conclusion, you stand a better chance of being successful with your insurance claims and avoiding unnecessary lawsuits when you know what to do after a car accident, but no matter what you do, do not try to cut corners when it comes to engaging the services of a lawyer to fight your case for you.