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What Not to Do after a Car Accident

1.) Do NOT Leave the Scene Of The Accident

In most situations, leaving the scene of an accident, even a minor one, is illegal. Your best option is to stay put until law enforcement arrives and offer help in any way that you can.

2.) Do NOT Agree to Not Call Authorities

Even when an accident is minor, the drivers should contact law enforcement. Law enforcement can create a record of the accident and provide aid if needed. If the accident is serious, you should call 911 immediately.

3.) Do NOT Ignore Injuries

Car accidents are traumatic, and occasionally drivers are so shocked by the entire experience that they forget to stop and realistically evaluate their injuries and their passengers’ injuries. It is always a good idea to seek medical attention after an accident, even if you think you are only bumped and bruised.

4.) Do NOT Admit Fault

Admitting fault would mean that the other driver has no legal liability to cover possible injury-related costs.  You can tell law enforcement what happened without admitting that the accident was your fault. This is particularly important when it is unclear whose fault the accident actually was.

5.) Do NOT Call Your Insurance Company

The first conversation you have with your insurance provider is crucial in determining what happens next, so it’s always better to wait until you have a full picture of the situation.  It’s hard to have the presence of mind to make the right calls after a car accident.


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