Any car accident is a traumatic event. And when you do the wrong things right after the incident, you make everything so much worse for you. Unfortunately, because of the traumatic nature of car accidents, it is very easy to make the wrong choices. This is true even if you have been injured in a car accident, not just when you are at fault.
To help you make good choices, here are the most important things you have to avoid at all costs following car accidents.
Leaving The Scene
In many states, when you do this, a car accident turns into a crime. You are not allowed to leave the scene even if you were not at fault.
When the accident happened, you have to stop the vehicle and turn off the engine. Whenever possible, pull the vehicle to the side so that further collisions can be avoided. Leaving the scene can even be interpreted as you admitting fault.
Not Contacting The Authorities
The wrong assumption is that contacting 911 is only necessary when there was a person hurt during the accident. In reality, whenever involved in a car accident, you need to call 911. This is because the police need to visit the scene to establish fault. Crashes are investigated after they happen and the sooner the authorities come to the scene, the easier it is to make a proper assessment of what happened.
You should also be aware of the fact that police officers guarantee that information is actually exchanged between the drivers. They will help to safely move vehicles and direct traffic so that further collisions do not happen.
Not Exchanging Contact Information
Never assume that the other driver is interested in taking things to court. You might be disoriented and things might be blurry but exchanging insurance information is a very important thing that you have to remember.
Most car accidents go through the investigation of the insurance companies. When you do not have insurance information from the other driver, you lose a lot of time and you might not even be able to file a claim in the future. Also, when the other driver requests it, you need to show your license and give him insurance information.
Some people are really tough and it is quite normal to think you are less injured than you actually are. Even if what you feel is minimal pain, you need to go to the hospital as soon as possible to be checked out. This is because, in car accidents, injuries can appear or develop days or weeks after the collision happened. The best example of this is whiplash injury but we can also talk about brain injuries, strains, and spine injuries.
You might think that you are at fault and you might be wrong. When you admit fault, you basically throw your innocence out the door since nobody will care for the truth following the car accident. You admitted fault so you are held responsible. Even something like “I Am Sorry” can be seen as an admission of fault. This is why you have to stay quiet and only answer questions coming from police officers.