What NOT to Do After A Car Accident

Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it is extremely important to know what steps to take immediately after the accident. However, few people realize that it is just as important to know what NOT to do. Read on to learn what you should NOT do after a car accident.

Don’t Leave The Scene

Legally, you are obligated to stop if you have been in an accident. Failure to stay at the scene could lead to serious criminal charges if anyone was injured. Besides, you will need to exchange insurance information with all parties involved, take photos of the scene, and speak with the police officer that is making the accident report.

Don’t Forget to Call the Police

This goes for both minor fender benders and 10 car pile-ups. If there has been any sort of accident, you will want the police to come and make a report. In some states, not reporting an accident can be considered an offense. Plus, the police officer wasn’t in the accident and isn’t experiencing the same intense emotions as you, so they are more able to document any details that you might have forgotten, like the weather, road conditions, witnesses, etc. In this way, a police report can help strengthen property damage or a personal injury claim.

Don’t Admit Fault

Even if it was obviously your fault, do not admit so and do not profusely apologize. Remain calm, help others in need, and wait for the authorities to arrive and make a report. Do be honest when giving a statement to the police but avoid phrases like, “it was all my fault.” Such statements may damage any potential insurance claim.

Don’t Lose Your Temper

When someone puts you and your family in harm’s way, it is easy to let your emotions get the best of you. But getting angry is not productive or helpful in the aftermath of an accident. Do not be aggressive or confront any of the other parties involved.

Don’t Refuse Medical Treatment

Get examined by a medical professional right away, whether that is a paramedic on the scene, your primary care doctor, or a trip to the hospital in an ambulance. The most important thing is your health and well-being.

Don’t Forget to Collect Evidence

Make sure to get, at a minimum, the following information from the other driver(s) involved: name, phone number, license plate number, and insurance card information. Also, make sure to try and get photos and/or videos of the cars involved, the weather conditions, the road conditions, even a bank sign that might indicate date and time.

Did any bystanders witness the accident? Ask if the witnesses would be willing to provide their contact information and give statements to the police.