5 Things NOT to Do After an Auto Accident

5 Things NOT to Do After an Auto Accident

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 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.

DON’T lose your cool

We understand how upsetting an auto accident can be. Immediately after the incident, your emotions will likely be running high. However, you need to remember not to let yourself lose your cool. Becoming angry or irate at the other driver or parties involved will not help, even if they are the ones at fault for the accident and your damages or injuries. Make sure to stay calm, cool, and collected so you can ensure everyone involved in the auto accident gets the help they need (including yourself). 

DON’T forget to document the little details

Before leaivng the scene of the auto accident or immediately after, you should take down as much information about the accident as possible. Pull up the camera on your phone and take pictures of the scene, get the names and numbers of the parties involved, and record information about their insurance providers. If there were any witnesses who saw what happened, ask for their name and number. Try to get them to text you a short statement about what they saw. Other things to document:

  • Time & date of the accident
  • Weather conditions at the time of the accident (whether there might have been rain or snow)
  • License plate numbers of vehicles involved
  • Name and badge info of the officier(s) who arrived to the scene to take a police report

DON’T leave the scene

You should never leave the scene of a car accident. Call 911 and wait for the police to arrive to take a police report. If anyone needs medical help, police will dispatch emergency medical personnel to direct them to the scene.  

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. You don’t have to work through the compensation you deserve alone. If you’ve been involved in an incident around Greenville, SC or Pickens, SC area, contact us.