What to Do (and What Not to Do) After a Car Crash

What to Do (and What Not to Do) After a Car Crash

An auto collision can be frightening. If you are not prepared and don’t know how to handle yourself in this situation, you might end up doing the wrong things.

The last thing you want is the learn about what you should not have done when it is already too late. In case you are ever in a car accident, there are some things that you should and shouldn’t do.

Don’t Leave the Scene

If you feel like you are the one responsible you may panic and drive away from the scene of the accident. This makes you a fugitive from the law. Instead, you should call the police.

While you wait for the police, it is best not to move the vehicles at the scene of the car crash until the police get there. This is especially true if the vehicles are not obstructing traffic.

Do Check Yourself for Injuries

You should check your body for injuries as soon as you can. If you are not able to move much but can use your phone, call for help.

Even if you feel fine now, make sure that you make a plan to visit the doctor. Just because you feel fine at the moment doesn’t mean that you may never feel any physical impact from the accident.

If you do find injuries, later on, the fact that you didn’t get a medical report soon after the accident may hinder your case for compensation.

Do Document After an Auto Collision

One of the things you should never forget to do is to document everything that happened during and after the accident. Make sure that you take pictures of the vehicles from all angles.

Collect information from the other driver such as their phone number and their insurance information. Even if everyone is currently cooperating, it is best to still call the police. You never know when people’s attitudes might change.

Don’t Avoid Legal Help

If your car accident was a minor one and can be easily sorted out, then you may not need legal representation. However, if the accident was a major one and there is difficulty determining who is at fault, it is best for you to hire an auto accident attorney.

An attorney will collect information for you from the scene of the accident. They will also question any witnesses and get them to testify in court on your behalf, or at the very least get them to sign an affidavit.

Get Through It

There’s no denying that getting through an auto collision is one of the most difficult things you will probably have to do in your life. However, it can be done.

The key is to make sure that you do all the right things once an accident happens. Make sure that you don’t leave the scene, call the police, document everything as much as possible, and hire an auto accident lawyer if necessary.

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