Auto accidents are common and unfortunate events that happen almost every day. Whether the accident is your fault or the fault of the other driver, they can still be tragic and mentally and emotionally damaging. What most people don’t know is that there are a number of things you shouldn’t do after an accident occurs.
If you’re involved in an automobile accident, there are several things you should avoid to protect yourself.
Leave the Scene. As tempting as it may seem to remove yourself from the situation, leaving the scene of an accident is not only unsafe but it can be a criminal act. Not only do you not want to be charged with a crime, but you and the other driver deserve to have justice served or receive insurance compensation to cover the damage to your vehicles. Be sure not to remove or take anything from the accident as well. Everything should be left as is until police officials arrive.
Speak Too Soon. It is human nature to apologize after someone is hurt or to find out what happened right away and solve the problem, but speaking too soon can do more harm than good.
While it’s okay to ask the other driver if he or she is okay, or if they need any help, do not apologize. This can lead you to admit fault or even apologize for something that may not have been your fault. Because tension and emotions can be high at the scene of an accident, sometimes avoiding conversation with the other driver altogether can prevent any arguments or quarrels.
It is important not to admit fault when you’re speaking with a police officer or insurance company, but lying is also an inappropriate response. Be honest but allow the insurance company or authority personnel to determine fault. Remember, anything you say can be used against you.
Talk to Insurance Agencies.Your first thought immediately following an accident may be to immediately call your insurance agency, but wait patiently until you have spoken with a trusted attorney or lawyer. Insurance agencies will only be looking out for their best interests rather than yours; they will do and use whatever is necessary against you to provide you with the smallest amount of compensation as possible. In fact, many insurance companies want you to admit fault so that they don’t have to cover the damage in the event of an accident. Some companies will even take advantage of you in such a sensitive state.
Speaking with the insurance company or attorney of the other driver should be avoided as well. They have their client’s best interests in mind, not yours. Therefore, they will seek money from you rather than having to pay for their client’s vehicle and damages.
Accidents can be tragic enough without all of the pressure from other attorneys and insurance companies. If you have been involved in an auto accident, contact The Law Team of Fetterman & Associates immediately at 561-983-4771 for a free case evaluation. We have experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorneys who are available and ready to represent you in a car accident case. The law team at Fetterman & Associates really does have your best interests in mind, and will work to ensure you receive the justice and settlement you deserve.