It is understandable to be in shock after a car accident. It is understandable not to be sure of what you should do. While we have written and shared many blogs about what to do after a car accident, today we are going to focus on the opposite: What not to do in a car accident. If you have been injured in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.
- Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident
- Do Not Forget to Collect Important Evidence
- Do Not Talk About Fault at All
- Do Not Say No to Medical Care
- Do Not Leave Your Insurance Company in the Dark
Yes, this is common sense but when a person is experiencing shock after an accident, they may not be thinking straight. Unless someone in your vehicle has experienced a serious injury and you are best suited to get them to the hospital, you should not leave the scene of the accident. Doing so could result in felony criminal charges.
It can be a challenge to prove who was at fault in your accident. Photo and video evidence will make a big difference. This is true in all accidents but especially in those that involve several vehicles. The more evidence you can collect at the scene, the better. Take photos. Take videos. Get contact information from anyone else who may have taken photos or videos at the scene.
You will hear people tell you not to take the blame after an accident but we suggest not discussing fault at all. You may be mad and feel the urge to tell off the other driver but this could come back to haunt you. Remember that anything you say to the other party involved may be part of a future personal injury case. The less you can say to them the better it will be for your case.
You may feel fine after an accident only to later realize that you have suffered a stress fracture, head injury, or another serious injury. You want to get medical care not only for your safety but to ensure that you have the evidence required if you need to file a personal injury claim in the future.
Your insurance company should be contacted whether you are were the at-fault party or not. However, if another party was at least partially at fault, we recommend talking to a personal injury attorney before talking to your insurance provider. These conversations with insurance agents are often taped and even the tiniest discrepancy in what you say to them now and what you say to them later could affect your case.
If you are in need of a free case evaluation with an experienced attorney then we suggest you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We are standing by to help you move forward.