Accidents can happen at any moment and are very distressing. An accident can make things worse if you panic or do the wrong thing. A wrong decision after an accident could mean the difference between getting the compensation you need and being responsible for the damage done by another. We have compiled a list to help you avoid making mistakes at an accident scene.
Avoiding the 7 Things Not to Do After an Accident can help you turn a bad situation into one that is more manageable.
- Don’t Escape From The Scene
Escape from an accident scene can make it a crime. It is illegal to leave an accident scene, no matter who was at fault.
Stop your vehicle if you are in an accident. To avoid any further collisions, pull your car to the edge. Further, you will need to move your vehicle off the roadway under the same law as for stopping after a collision.
- Don’t Lie About The Incident
Avoid faking the truth or creating distortions. Keep it simple and stick to the facts. If you are unsure about anything, you can state that you don’t know or are unable to explain the event. Or you could say that you are a little confused. Because they are familiar with the effects of psychological trauma and physical shock that you might be experiencing at this time, the police will understand.
- Don’t Admit Your Fault
Any statement you make after an accident could be used against you. You could also be used by the other party to misunderstand your statements. It is best to remain silent and not speak until your lawyer arrives. While we understand that you may feel sorry for the victim, if you apologize out of guilt it can put you in danger and the police can mistakenly believe you are guilty. It is better to have your lawyer speak on your behalf.
- Do Not Forget To Take Down Important Information
You should take as many details and information as you can about the incident before you leave the scene. You should take photos of the accident scene and then note down the names, contact information, and addresses of all parties, including witnesses. You should also have information about the insurance company of any third parties. Note down the number of license plates, the date and timing of the incident, and any other relevant details.
- Don’t Get Angry
It is understandable that it can be very frustrating to see your vehicle damaged in an accident that wasn’t your fault. You should not lose control. Avoid getting upset, rude, or angry at the third party. This could get you in trouble.
- Do Not Forget To Call 911 Or The Police
People believe that 911 is only needed if an accident has caused an injury. This is incorrect. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to call 911 or the Police.
The Police can help you determine who is at fault for the accident. The police will often conduct an investigation into the accident, examine the scene, and speak with the victims. A report can be crucial in any case that might arise from a crash.
- Don’t Accept An Unfair Settlement
Without an attorney’s guidance, you should not enter into settlement negotiations. These discussions can involve complicated legal clauses you may not be familiar with.
Jenkins Law P.L. has the experience to save you from any legal accusations if you have been in an accident.
This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is an Injury Attorney St Petersburg She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injury. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your individual situation.
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