Tips On What To Do And Not To Do After An Accident
A motor vehicle accident can happen in an instant, leaving you injured and disoriented. See our tips below on what to do and what not to do after an accident:
Check For Injuries And Call For Medical Help
Verify the safety of everyone present, yourself included. Check on all drivers, passengers and pedestrians, if any. If anyone needs medical attention, call 911 for an ambulance. Do not move anyone who is unconscious or has neck or back pain, unless a hazard makes moving them necessary.
Call The Police
Even if you do not need immediate medical attention, call the police to report the accident. Do not leave the scene until help has arrived, especially if someone has been injured or killed. If you leave before police or medical personnel arrive, you could face criminal penalties as a hit-and-run driver.
Do Not Admit Fault
There will be time for determining fault later. Exchange insurance information with the other driver, and get contact info from witnesses if possible.
Do Not Settle With The Insurance Company
You must talk to your insurance company to let them know there was an accident. Take photos of any damage to your vehicle and keep records of your medical treatment, if any. Your car insurance company should give you instructions on getting an estimate for repairing your car.
You may hear from the other driver’s insurance company about a settlement, but be careful: Insurance companies are adept at getting people to settle for smaller settlements than they deserve. This is where it is extremely important to have a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side.
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