Anybody that regularly drives has the potential to get into a car accident. You'll definitely want to be well prepared when this happens since you will need to think on your feet. Here are a few tips for what to do if you are involved in a car accident so that you do not make your bad situation even worse.
Don't Leave The Scene Of The Accident
Know that you should never leave the scene of an accident that you are involved in. Even if your vehicle is able to drive away, you should stick around and make sure that the accident is handled properly. You want the police to come to the scene and make a report based on what they observe and the statements that are made. If you leave the scene of the accident, the other people will be the ones controlling the narrative.
Don't Say You're Sorry
It is all too common that people get into a car accident and say to the other driver that they are sorry. It may be a general thing that people say, but it could be considered admitting fault in a legal sense. Saying you're sorry or apologizing for the accident makes it come off as if you caused the accident. You're better off not saying anything that could come off as an apology so that it is not taken the wrong way.
Don't Downplay A Potential Injury
You may be tempted to walk away from an accident and act like you're fine. You may even tell the other driver that you're okay. However, your adrenaline may be up and the extent of your injuries may not be apparent. For example, a concussion caused by a brain injury may not be apparent until some time down the road. Make sure that you get checked out by a doctor to evaluate any potential injury that you may have.
Don't Make A Statement To The Other Insurance Company
The insurance company of the other driver may reach out to you at some point. They will request that they give a statement regarding what happened during the accident. Know that you are under no obligation to give a statement. This is the other insurance company looking to get information that can only be used against you. Refer them to your insurance company or injury lawyer so that they carefully pick the words that they want to use to answer any questions.
Reach out to a car accident attorney to learn more.
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