Do You Know What to Do After an Accident?
An auto accident can ruin your entire day. Most people understand going through an auto collision is not a walk in the park, but the most important thing to remember is to ensure your safety after a collision. Let’s take a look at tips on what to do after an accident and ensure your safety.
According to an article at all-about-car-accidents.com, “How to Handle an Auto Accident”
“The key “don’t” is don’t tell the other driver, anyone in the other car, the police, or anyone else that the accident was your fault. Even if you really believe that it was your fault, you don’t have all the necessary information in the moments after an accident, and it’s a hectic time. Make sure to keep your conversations with the other driver and the passengers in the other car neutral. That means:
- Don’t talk about how the accident happened.
- Don’t get into any discussion of who might have been at fault.
- Don’t say “I’m sorry” or make any similar statement that can be construed as an admission of fault by other drivers or witnesses.
- Don’t ask the other driver how fast he or she was going, or “How could you not see me?”, or anything else that hints at fault (and don’t answer these kinds of questions if they are posed to you).
It’s probably best just to ask the other driver if anyone was hurt, exchange your contact and insurance information with him or her (and with anyone else who was involved in the accident) and then say that you should just all wait until the police arrive. Don’t get into an argument with the other driver. Make sure to stay polite and cordial. Don’t accuse the other driver of anything, and don’t get angry if the other driver accuses you. Just walk away and wait for the police to arrive.
Do Call the Police
An important “do” is, in most situations, you should call the police after a car accident. Many states have a law requiring the police to be informed if a car accident causes bodily injury or property damage that exceeds $500 or $1,000. Don’t take a chance. If you, the other driver, or any of the passengers in either car complains of injury, call the police. If you can see visible damage to either car that is more than a ding, call the police. If either car was moving at more than a minimal speed at the time of the collision, call the police to the scene. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, and where it takes place, law enforcement may or may not respond to the scene, but it’s best to at least give them the opportunity to do so.
Do Take Photographs
If you have a camera or a camera phone and are able to take pictures, take as many pictures of the accident scene and of the damage to both vehicles as you can before you leave the scene. If there are any skid marks on the road, take pictures of them as well. You should also take pictures of stop signs, speed limit signs in the area, and other traffic control devices.
Do Get Names of Witnesses
Make sure to get the names of any passengers in the other car, as well as the driver. If there were any witnesses in other cars or on the sidewalk, try to get their names and contact information, if they will give it.
Do Be Honest with the Police
If the police come, they will ask you what happened. You will undoubtedly have some time to wait before the police arrive. Make sure to take that time to review in your own mind how you believe the accident happened. Then, when the police ask you what happened, you can tell them what you think happened accurately and honestly.” To read the entire article click here.