What Not to Do After an Accident

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Oct 22, 2014

There are certain “must-dos and don’ts” of driving, which includes not getting into a car accident. However, accidents do happen. When they do, you need to know the must-dos and don’ts of post-collision behavior. Here are some of the don’ts.

Do Not Crash and Dash

You may have been in a hurry to get somewhere before, but now you are stuck where you are. Even if it is just a fender bender and you think it is okay to leave the scene temporarily, resist the urge until you’ve spoken to the other driver or the authorities.

Do Not Accept Blame

Whether the collision is your fault or not, do not let the word “sorry” escape from your lips. Apologizing for the collision is equivalent to taking the blame for it, which will have legal and financial repercussions.

Do Not Freak Out

Car collisions can be overwhelming, but it is essential that you keep your cool. If you need to, sit down and put your head between your knees to relax. Remember that even before the cops come, anything you say (that the other driver can hear) can be used against you in a lawsuit.

Do Not Answer Questions

After your accident, you will most likely be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company or lawyer. Do not feel obligated to answer any of their questions. It is perfectly legal for you to simply direct them to speak with your insurance company or lawyer about the matter.

Do Not Think Fast

Several offers, propositions, and settlements will be offered to you after your collision. Rather than take the first one you get, take your time to weigh every option and choose the best one for you.

With the right insurance policy, you can feel safe and protected, even after a car collision. 

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