While no one wants to be involved in an auto accident, these things happen. You take your eyes off the road for a second to check the gas, or someone late for a meeting tries to catch the light, and before you know it you’ve got a massive, unsightly dent in your car. Aside from the pain and stress of the accident itself, you’re going to have a whole host of other headaches which come with the insurance and legal implications afterwards. To keep yourself prepared, here’s a list of what you should never do after an auto accident.
The first big no-no following a car accident is leaving the scene. Although car accidents certainly claim a lot of lives, there are also countless ones which are very minor, and don’t involve any injuries whatsoever. Let’s say you bump into a car, you can see that the damage is minor and no one appears to be injured. For some people, their first instinct is to drive away. While doing this may not harm anyone directly, it’s still the wrong thing to do. No matter how minor the collision appears, you always have to stop your car, check on the other party, exchange your insurance information and report the crash to the law. If you fail to do all of this, you’ve committed a crime.
The next mistake you need to avoid after a crash is losing your cool. As I’m sure you can imagine, car accidents are never pleasant. After you’ve had one, your emotions are probably going to be rushing frantically, and you may find yourself incredibly angry. Even if the wreck was the other driver’s fault, it’s important to keep your head, and avoid launching into some massive, angry outburst. When you get out of your car and come to deal with the other driver, the first thing you should ask is whether or not they’re okay. Never start yelling at them, insulting them or blaming them for it. This will only drag things out and may harm your case if you’re taking legal action later.
Finally, don’t neglect to take care of yourself during the aftermath. You may want to put the whole experience behind you, but if you don’t follow up on various things, it can really come back to bite you further down the line. It’s important to seek medical attention, even if your injuries from the accident were relatively minor. Ask any good injury attorney, and they’ll tell you failing to see a doctor is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in auto injury cases. It’s also hugely important that you don’t delay your insurance claim any more than necessary. Most insurance companies have strict time limits on when you can file a claim from the point of the accident. Dig out your policy now, and see what you’re covered for. It’s always good to know ahead of time if you’ll need to pay for a rental car!
Avoid these costly blunders after an auto accident, and you’ll have far less to worry about later.