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4 things to avoid doing when involved in a car accident

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Your actions after a car accident can benefit or disadvantage you and your personal injury claim if you file one. Besides being informed about what to do, it’s crucial to know what to avoid.

Below are four things to avoid when involved in a car accident:

1. Leaving the accident scene

Regardless of the severity of a crash, you must stop and wait for the police to make a report. Leaving an accident scene can be a traffic violation if it involves a fatality/personal injury or property damage. Further, staying at an accident scene and waiting for the police gives you time to gather crucial evidence.

2. Getting angry

Being emotional at an accident scene could worsen the situation. Consider staying in your car for a few minutes to calm down before getting out to gather evidence.

3. Admitting fault

Whether or not you believe your actions may have caused the accident, you should not admit fault either by clearly stating you are at fault or using phrases that may suggest an admission of fault, such as, “I’m sorry,” “My apologies, I didn’t see you” and so on.   

If the other driver admits fault and proposes negotiating instead of reporting the case to their insurance company, politely turn down the request. 

4. Discussing the accident

When you and the other driver exchange information, including names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, vehicle registrations and insurance details, you should avoid discussing the accident. Gather the needed information and return to your vehicle until the police arrive.

Mistakes at an accident scene can cost you the compensation you deserve. Learn more to make informed decisions.