Automobile accidents are no fun. Everything from dealing with the insurance companies to trying to recover from injuries can be stressful. Although they can be a pain in the neck, auto accidents are inevitable. Knowing what to do after an accident can help minimize the stress. However, it is also crucial to know what NOT to do.
1. Do not leave the scene of the accident
It is important to exchange information with all the parties involved. Leaving the scene will result in unneeded stress and can get you in trouble with the authorities.
2. Do not get angry or upset
Accidents happen, and there is no need to get overly upset about it. Doing so not only stresses you out at the moment, but can also play a role in future stress. When people get upset, they tend to say or do things they do not mean subconsciously. Something as simple as saying, “I’m so sorry, that was my bad,” or “sorry, I was not paying attention,” can really hurt your case and possibly make you liable for the accident.
3. Do not forget to call the police
Having the police present to take a report helps insure that you will receive all the information you need.
4. Do not refuse to go see a doctor
You may not experience pain at the moment, but often times, pain may gradually appear after some time. Seeing a doctor can help insure that you will not suffer from pain in the future.
5. Do not talk to the insurance company or the other driver’s attorney
It is important to consult your own attorney before giving a statement about the accident. An attorney can help make sure you are not wrongfully blamed for an accident that you were not liable for.
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