It is 5:30 p.m., raining outside and you’re hungry. You’re stuck in bender-to-bender traffic without any relief in sight. Suddenly, as you change the radio dialer to a classical music station to calm your nerves, your rear end gets smashed. Now what are you going to do?
An automobile accident is one of the worst things that can ever happen to you. In fact, you wouldn’t even wish for a car accident on your worst enemy. It’s a terrible ordeal.
Perhaps it is easier said than done, but you must be calm, patient and nice. Otherwise, your head will explode and you will make several errors. As any car accident lawyer will tell you, there are several dos and don’ts for vehicle accidents, no matter how minimal or severe.
Car accident attorneys have seen perfectly innocent motorists bear the brunt because they failed to act a certain way or did the wrong thing. When it’s overwhelming, cooler heads will prevail.
Here are five things you must do at the scene of a car accident:
1. Stay at the Accident
Why the heck do motorists flee from the scene of an accident? No matter whose fault it is, the one who absquatulates will be held responsible. This is a dangerous step to take at any time.
Ultimately, you must stay at the scene of the accident. You must wait until everything is done.
2. Take Photos of the Scene
Today, everyone has a camera in their pockets or in their cars. As soon as the accident occurs, it’s important to take pictures of the accident, the damage, the area and so on. Also, if you have a dashcam than that is even better because it will show what took place at the time of the incident.
3. Be Cooperative with the Other Driver
One of the worst things you can do is to start being combative with the other driver. Don’t.
When you get out of the car, see if everything is OK, swap insurance and perhaps find out if you two can get out of the traffic and move to the side of the road. This is the best course of action.
Just be kind and understand that accidents do sometimes occur.
4. Don’t Admit Fault or Talk Too Much
It may not seem like it when you drive on the road every single day, but we are kind people.
Because we are polite and courteous individuals, we sometimes want to take the blame for everything. Before your brain utters this apology, stop yourself because you should never concede that it was your fault, especially if there are other ears listening.
Moreover, refrain from talking too much. Again, something may slip out and somebody else may hear it. Simply put: speak at a minimum and don’t prattle on.
5. Call the Police
Now it is time to call the police. They will arrive on the scene, ask questions, examine the accident and help you move the vehicles to a safer place on the road – the worst part of an accident is getting everyone else jammed up, particularly on a busy weeknight.
When the police interview you, be honest, remain transparent and share your images.
Let’s be honest: we all hate car accidents. They case an immense level of stress, they impact your pocketbook and they make other motorists detest you for creating even more traffic.
That said, it is up to you to stay calm, to ensure everything goes on without a hitch and to avoid getting your auto insurance premiums to spike.
Remember, as long as you didn’t break a bone or hurt your foot then it will be all OK in the end.