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What NOT to do after a car accident

Accidents, and auto accidents, in particular, are unforeseen and often happen when you are least expecting or prepared for it. While there will be a lot of people to tell you about the processes that follow and what you should do after a car accident, it is equally essential for you to know what NOT to do in the event and after a car crash, to stay safe and preserve your legal rights. Read on.

Do NOT flee the scene

The worst you could do after getting into a car accident is leave the place right away, regardless of whether or not you are guilty. Even if it’s a minor hit and neither you nor the other driver or any other person has sustained any injuries, leaving the place will get you into trouble – a lot more than the accident has caused. Stay there, check on the other people involved, share contact information and report the incident to cops.

Do NOT forget to call 911

You might think you don’t need to call the cops, especially if none of the people involved have sustained any injury. Do not do that. No matter how minor or fatal, an accident is an accident, and it is your responsibility to inform or make sure someone else has informed 911.

Do NOT lose your temper

Whether you are guilty or a victim, make sure you keep your cool. Losing your temper and being aggressive will only heat things up and invite more trouble. Avoid being confrontational, keep your calm and listen to what the other party has to say.

Do NOT start cleaning up

No, do not start wiping, dusting and sweeping the clutter right away. This will only go as your attempt to compromise the evidence if it’s you who has hit the car. If you are the victim, you will lose some significant evidence.

Do NOT ignore the injuries

If you have sustained no cuts, bruises or bleeding wounds, you still need to get yourself checked by a medico-legal officer. Sometimes, the injuries are internal and turn out to be fatal, if they are not identified and treated in time.

Do NOT forget the evidence

You will only receive reimbursement for damages from the insurance company if you have ample evidence to support your claim. Take lots of photographs, record the damages , and make a rough estimate of the loss. How you document the incident has a significant impact on claim settlement.

Do NOT handle the legal procedures on your own

You may have collected all evidence, have already documented the incident, and are ready to file the claim, but you are not well-versed with the legalities involved in the processes that follow until you are an attorney. The best way to go about is to hire the services of a professional attorney to take care of formalities on your behalf and increase your odds of receiving a lawful settlement amount.

 

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