With the advent of more and more vehicle safety features, crash fatalities are at an all-time low. Yet according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are still over 2 million car accidents with injuries every year. With numbers like that, odds are you will be involved in an accident sometime in your life. Most drivers think they know what to do in the event of an accident. Yet do you know what NOT to do after a car accident? Below we discuss five costly and/or illegal mistakes to avoid.
If you are involved in an accident, DO NOT:
- Leave the scene of the accident. Even if the collision is a minor one, with no apparent damage or injuries, you are legally obligated to stay until the authorities arrive. By leaving, you might commit a misdemeanor that could upgrade to a felony if injuries or fatalities are involved.
- Fail to call the authorities. It is always a good idea to file a report and document the accident. Sometimes, law enforcement will not respond unless there are injuries, but you will need documentation to file with your auto insurance provider. Additionally, the other driver may not have insurance, or someone could sustain an injury that manifests itself later- all could reasons to have the accident on the record.
- Freak out. Even a minor accident can be a nerve-rattling experience, but try to remain as calm as possible. Ask if the other motorists are alright, but never admit fault. Be courteous and helpful while always keeping up your guard.
- Neglect to properly document the wreck. Think carefully about what you were doing just before the accident so you can give a clear, accurate account to the police officer. You will also have to provide this account to the insurance companies, so make certain you are clear on the facts. Also, remember to get the name, address, and insurance information of the other driver. The make, model, color, and tag number of their vehicle might be helpful. Take down the names and numbers of any witnesses, and take photographs of the accident scene, if possible.
- Forget about the collateral damage. If you were injured, or are experiencing any discomfort or health issues after the accident, see your doctor right away. You may also need to seek legal help if you are facing large medical bills, or if the other driver is threatening a lawsuit. To get back on the road quickly, register your insurance claim promptly and maintain contact with the insurance company and repair shop.
If you have been in an accident and have sustained injuries, or have questions about your legal rights, don’t hesitate to call our office. The experienced Denver car accident lawyers at our law firm will be glad to assist you.
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