When you’re involved in an auto accident, the moments after the incident are overwhelming. Often, drivers are in a state of shock, and have a hard time remembering what to do. First and foremost, call the police and get medical attention for those involved. Then, when exchanging information, a car accident lawyer reminds the importance of NOT doing these two things.
- Don’t admit fault. Even if you’re certain you were the driver who caused the accident, it doesn’t have to be admitted in the moment, and the details will be worked out in the end. Admitting fault may put you at risk by making you more liable. Remember you can’t take back words that you say, so, in the emotional moments after an accident, the less you say, the better.
- Don’t sign anything. Insurance companies may encourage you to sign a settlement so you can put the incident behind you. It can be tempting to agree with them, especially if they’re offering financial compensation, but don’t sign anything (other than a police statement) without having your lawyer look at it. Often, even a small injury can cause ongoing medical issues, and require you to take time off of work. It’s important to make sure you have all the information you need before you agree to anything. While you may be tempted to tie up loose ends as quickly as possible, you may regret rushing into a quick decision.
The hours, days, weeks, and even months after a car accident are stressful and it’s important to make sure you have someone on your side guiding you through the process and advocating for you. If you’ve been involved in an incident in the Greenville, SC area, contact us.