7 Things You should not do Right after Accident
Accidents are horrible experiences and can occur at any time. However, panicking and doing the wrong things after an accident can worsen the poor situation. Making a wrong move after an accident can be the difference between acquiring the compensation you deserve and having to pay for the damage caused by someone else. Thus, for your safety and security, we’ve compiled a list of mistakes you should not commit at the accident scene.
You can turn the bad situation into a contended one by avoiding the 7 Things to not do after an accident laid out below.
1. Escaping from the Scene
By escaping the scene of an accident, you transform the scene of an accident into the scene of a crime. Ideally, it is illicit to leave the scene of an accident, regardless of whether you are at fault or not in the accident.
If, unfortunately, you are involved in an accident, stop your vehicle. Upon this, pull your vehicle to the edge of the road to avoid further collisions. You further require moving your vehicle off the road under the same law that needs you to stop after a crash.
2. Do Not Lie about the Incident
Try to avoid tweaking the truth or creating any distortion. Just stick to the facts and what actually has happened, and if you’re unsure, then you should state that you are not sure about what happened or I’m not in a condition to elaborate about the incident or else say you’re a little confused. The Police will certainly understand because they know the effects of mental trauma and physical shock you may be dealing with at that moment.
3. Do not admit Your Fault
Anything you state after an accident can be a weapon against you. Also, the other party can use your statement and go astray with the same. Therefore, it is better to stay quiet and do not say anything until and unless your lawyer arrives.
We understand that you might be sorry because the latter may be injured because of you though if you say sorry out of guilt, it can push you into danger, and the Police can misinterpret you as guilty. Hence, it’s better to keep your lawyer speaking on behalf of you.
4. Forget to note down information
Before you move away from the accident site, you should always note down as much information and details as possible about the whole occurrence. Take pictures of the accident scene, followed by jotting down the names and contact information of the parties involved, including the witnesses. In addition to this, ensure that you have appropriate information about the third party’s insurance company. Jot down the numbers of licence plates, the timings and date of the incident, and any other details that seem significant and relevant.
5. Do not get Angry
Understandably, it is very disappointing to see your car damaged, due to an accident that was not your fault. However, remember not to lose your control at this time. Do not get rude, upset, or angry with the third party involved, which can get you into trouble.
6. Don’t Forget to Call 911 or the Police.
Some people think that 911 only requires to be called if someone has been hurt in the accident. But, that is not the case. You should always call the Police or 911 if you’re involved in an accident.
Importantly, the Police can assist you in establishing who was at fault in the accident. Police will often analyze properly and investigate the crash after it occurs, observe road conditions, speak to the people present at that time and then give a report which details how the accident happened and who was at fault. The report can be a crucial element to any case that may result from the crash.
7. Do not agree to an unfair settlement
You must refrain from entering into settlement negotiations without the help of an attorney. Such discussions involve complex legal clauses that you may not be aware of.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, call the experienced team of Rojas Law Group, who has comprehensive skills of saving you from any illegal accusations.