If you are in a car accident, it can be very overwhelming but it is important to not do some of the following things:
- Leave the scene of the accident
- Forget to call the police
- Lie if you are intoxicated or under the influence
- Admit fault
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Getting into a car accident can be overwhelming but it is important to not drive away. If you flee the scene of the accident, you can be charged with a hit and run, even if you’re not at fault. Always get out of your vehicle, if you can, and check to see if anyone was hurt. You will also need to exchange information with the other driver or drivers and call the police to get a report for documentation.
Forgetting to Call the Police
The police report can be an essential part to helping your personal injury case, especially if you are not at fault. The police can determine if the other driver was negligent- ran a red light, failed to yield to right away, etc. If the police report can determine that the other driver was at fault, it might help your case and make the claims process a lot quicker.
Lie if You’re Under the Influence
If you were driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, it is important that you do not lie about it. The police will subject you to a test and if they prove that you are intoxicated, it can discredit your word and therefore, weaken your case.
Don’t Admit Fault
One of the worse things to do is to admit that you were wrong or come out of your car saying, “I’m so sorry, this was my entire fault”. If you do, the other driver’s insurance company can put you at fault and lower your settlement. Even if you were or weren’t at fault, you should just recount your side of the story and then let the insurance companies figure it out.
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