What Not to Do After an Accident

What Not to Do After an Accident

August 22, 2019

It is an unfortunate reality that every day there are thousands of auto accidents that occur on our nation’s roads. There’s a decent chance that even if you drive safely every time you’re out on the road, you will eventually be involved in an accident caused by another person’s negligence. If this happens to you, it’s important that you have a good grasp on what to do and—just as importantly in many cases—what not to do after a collision.

With this in mind, here are some tips from an accident attorney in Portsmouth, VA about steps you should definitely not take after being involved in a car crash.

Leaving the scene of the accident

No matter how inconsequential the accident may seem to you, you should never leave the scene. If you leave an accident site without exchanging contact and insurance information with the other parties involved in the accident and without speaking to the police, this will qualify as a hit and run, which is a criminal offense that can result in significant fines and jail time. This hit and run will elevate to the level of a felony if there were injuries or fatalities.

Therefore, always pull your vehicle over to the side of the road as soon as it’s safe to do so, and provide the other motorist with all necessary information. Remain on hand until the police arrive and you can give a statement. They will tell you when it is okay for you to leave.

Admissions of guilt

Never, ever say anything that could be construed as an admission of guilt in the accident. If you do, this will forfeit any damages you could potentially collect, and will also have a significant impact on the processing of your insurance claim. This doesn’t just mean you should avoid saying it was your fault—you need to be careful about saying anything that even sounds like you’re taking responsibility, such as “I didn’t see them coming,” or even a simple apology.

Shunning medical assistance

It can take some time for some injuries to become noticeable after an accident. This is especially true for concussions. After an accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Doctors will know what to search for after a car crash and can help you determine whether or not you’re safe. In addition, getting this medical care as promptly as possible also is crucial if you end up wanting to file charges against the other driver, as it will play a role in determining the kinds of damages for which you are eligible during settlement negotiations. Make sure you get prompt medical care, as this can only help you, both in terms of your health and in terms of any potential claims you file.

For more information about what to do and what not to do after being involved in a car accident, contact Auto Accident Specialists, Inc. to speak with an experienced accident attorney in Portsmouth, VA today.

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