Car crashes can be incredibly traumatic, and we all hope that we will never be involved in one. Nevertheless, it is important to be prepared should the worse happen. By knowing what to do in advance, you will be able to act quickly to ensure the situation does not get any worse. It is also important to know what to do for the legal side of things too. After all, the last thing you want to do is say something that could land you in legal hot water. So, let’s take a look at some of the things you should never do after a car accident…
Not getting checked out at the hospital – There is only one place to begin, and this is with not getting the medical help you require. A lot of car injuries, such as whiplash, do not seem bad at first, but they get worse as time goes on. This is why you need to make sure that you get checked over.
Saying too much – A lot of people can end up letting their mouth run away with them after being in a car accident. After all, emotions are running high. You are probably upset, angry, and frightened by what has happened. However, you need to try and keep your emotions in check as much as possible. The last thing you want to do is end up saying something that could implicate you for the accident. You will be surprised by how many people have implicated themselves (even when the accident wasn’t their fault) because they have let their emotions take over and their mouth has run away with them.
Not calling the police – You will probably need to call the police, depending on the nature of the crash. In most cases, you need to call the police if the crash is serious and someone has been badly hurt. You will also need to call the police if the crash is causing a danger to oncoming traffic. Furthermore, you should get in touch with law enforcement if any criminal activity has taken place, i.e. if the other driver has fled the scene or if they have been driving without insurance. If the crash has been minor, the cars are out of the way, and you and the other driver are handling everything well, you will need to report the incident, but you do not need to trouble the emergency services with it, as it is not an urgent matter.
Failing to get the contact details of those involved – If you have been involved in a crash, once you have checked that everyone is okay, it is vital to get the details of everyone who was a part of the incident. Firstly, you need to get the contact details of the other driver. This includes their name, address, and telephone number, as well as their registration plate, and the make and model of their vehicle. You should also get the contact information of anyone that witnessed the crash. This includes their name, address, and telephone number. This is because witness statements can be very useful if you do decide to proceed with a compensation claim for the accident you have been involved in.
Not getting in touch with an experienced claim attorney – Aside from all of the points that we have mentioned so far, it makes sense to look for an experienced and reputable insurance claim attorney who will be able to assist you if you do decide that you want to move forward and make a claim for what has happened to you. There are many insurance claim attorneys to choose from, so take the time to find the right professional for you. Look for someone who has plenty of experience and has helped many people in your shoes before. You want to be sure that they have worked on claims similar to your own. After all, there are many different types of accidents and injuries that people can get involved with today. Aside from this, it is also important to take the time to read reviews that have been left by others as well. You want to find out more about what the insurance claim lawyer is like to work with. Are they friendly and efficient? Did they resolve people’s claims quickly? Were they helpful? Did they charge extra fees? The only way you are going to get the answers to the questions you really want to know is by reading the comments and feedback that have been left by others.
Not taking photographs of the scene – This is another point that relates to making a case for compensation for the car accident you have been involved in. Nowadays, most people have smartphones that have cameras. This makes it easy to quickly take a few photographs no matter where you are. It is, therefore, a good idea to take some photographs of the scene, as there is typically damage to the cars and the surrounding areas after a crash. This will serve as a great proof of what has happened. Moreover, if your injuries become visible, i.e. you suffer heavy bruising or you need to have your arm put in a cast, you could also take photographs of this to strengthen your case as well.
Final words on what you should not do if 2022 starts off in a bad way with an accident
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what not to do after a car crash, so you can make sure you do not take any actions that make the situation worse or get you in trouble with the law. Even if the car accident was not your fault, it is easy to say something that could implicate you in the heat of the moment without realizing it. So, try to keep things as hush-hush as possible, and follow the steps provided, and you can ensure everything goes as ‘well’ as can be expected from such a horrible situation.