When you are involved in a car accident, it is reasonable to be quite stressed. There are lots of things going on and you may be in shock. However, in the immediate period after the incident, there are many things you need to avoid. It can seem like this moment passes in a whirlwind especially if you have been hurt or someone else has. Always remember that you need to follow a set protocol. Otherwise, the good lawyers at Lamber Goodnow won’t be able to help you. Here is a little advice on what to avoid after an accident.
Calling the police
If you are hoping to process any claims after the accident, then you will need to have contacted the police. Your insurance claim may be balanced on this. Calling the police is not irrefutable proof but the officer’s report provides a good starting point for your insurance company to begin processing any claim. When the police are not involved it makes the whole process a little more complicated as it becomes down to one driver against another. The police act as an appeal to authority and can be trusted to give an unbiased opinion.
There are far too many people not taking photos of the accident after it has happened. The best time to do this is in the immediate aftermath of the accident after you have made sure that everyone is okay. Most people tend to have their phones on them and so you should use this to document the scene as well as you can. Your insurance and the investigators will want to see pictures of the accident so they can assess any evidence of how the accident happened and the scale of the accident. It ensures that no one tries to claim for things that did not happen.
Refusing medical attention
Even if you are not feeling hurt, you should still get checked out by medical professionals. This is especially true if there is an ambulance already at the scene. If there is not one present, then you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries from the accident may not present themselves straight away and so you should seek a doctor who will be able to assess you and give an idea of any injuries that may present over the next couple of days. It will also provide great evidence for your legal case in the future.
Even if you are convinced that the accident was your fault, you should not say this to the other driver or the police. Once you admit fault and begin to apologize, the other person’s insurance company is going to take your word for it. Importantly, you should not lie about the situation, but you should wait until the investigation is complete and all the evidence is out there.
This is a stressful time, but you should not panic. Remain calm and ensure that you are okay. Then follow these simple steps to ensure that your claim is processed okay.