The Do’s and Don’ts of Handling a Car Accident

By  //  August 27, 2020

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Getting in a car accident can be frightening and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you know what to do to handle the aftermath correctly, you can save yourself from extra problems and save money along the way.

Here’s a simple guide to the do’s and don’ts of handling a car accident.

Do Pull Over Immediately

If you’re at fault, do not try to run. This will only cause you more legal problems and get you in serious trouble with law enforcement. If you’re not at fault, pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so.

The closer you are to the scene of the accident, the better.

Do File a Police Report

No matter how minor the accident, it’s wise to get the police involved. They can write up an official report with all the necessary details in case you need to go to court.

Plus, you’re safer in an exchange with the other driver if you have law enforcement present.

Do Exchange Information

Name, phone number, email, insurance company and phone number, license plate, etc. Get all the information from the other driver you can. The more you have, the safer you are.

It’s also smart to take pictures of the accident. Photograph any and all damage to both vehicles. If you have visible signs of injury, be sure to take pictures of those as well.

Don’t Blow It Off

Does the accident not look so bad? No visible damage? Or maybe the person who hit you seems really, really sorry.

Don’t be foolish and blow it off. Saying, “it’s no big deal,” is never the right move no matter how minor the accident.

When it comes to car accidents, it’s better to be safe than sorry–so be thorough in taking the right steps no matter how minor the accident may seem.

Don’t Forget Your Attorney

Even if you don’t think the accident has injured you or caused much damage, you don’t know how things will look in a few days. Sometimes car accident injuries take a few days to manifest. Even car problems may not become obvious until you take the car in for an inspection.

It’s always wise to have an attorney you trust who can advise you in case of a car accident. These types of attorneys can help you know what your rights are, get what you deserve, and make sure you’re not taken advantage of.

Don’t Lose Your Temper

Getting in a car accident is bad enough. But even if the other driver was at fault, losing your temper will only make a bad situation worse.

When tempers flare up, especially on the side of the road, you could put yourself and others in physical danger. Don’t add to your problems by getting in an altercation or say things that will cause a fight.

What Else to Do After a Car Accident

The list of things to do after a car accident can be quite long. It all depends on the severity of the accident. Still, if you follow these basic steps, you’re sure to have the best experience in any incident.

For more helpful info related to accidents, browse the Crime portion of our blog. Drive safely!