Dos and Don’ts after a Car Accident



Car accidents can be very traumatic. However, what people do after a collision can have a significant impact on their car accident claim. These are some things you should do and not do following a car crash.

Do not hesitate to call the police

There are times when police should be called to an accident site, such as when someone is seriously injured. However, there are other instances when police should be called. If the damage is more than $500, some states require that car accident victims call the police.

Police can be called in many other situations than those required by law. An officer from the police can assist in documenting the accident. A police officer can also help to document the accident. The report may mention skid marks or road conditions. The police report may also indicate whether one of the other drivers has been cited for traffic violations.

Get medical attention

Although an accident victim may feel fine right away after a motor vehicle collision, some injuries may not manifest immediately. These include internal injuries and soft tissue injuries. It can be difficult for victims to prove that their injuries are related to an accident if they wait to seek medical attention for several days or even weeks.

Ask for information from the other driver

The victim of a car accident should obtain all information possible from the other driver involved in it. The make, model, and license plate number of your vehicle are all important. This includes the driver’s name and address as well as their telephone number. If the other driver was operating a commercial vehicle at that time, you should also record the business name. The accident may be shared by the employer.

Do not refuse information from witnesses

If the victim of a car accident is able, they should obtain contact information for witnesses. Others may have stopped to assist the victim or aid in the investigation. Before they leave, it is important to record their information. If the victim of a car accident is unable to do it himself, a second person may be called to assist him or her.

Do take photographs

The victim of a car accident should take photographs at the accident scene if possible. It is possible that some evidence will be lost immediately after an accident. Therefore, it is vital to photograph the accident scene in its original condition. Photographs should show an overview of the accident and any signs that may be near it, as well as the vehicle damage and injuries.

Do Not Move the Vehicle

If the law does not require it, you should not move your vehicle following an accident. Law enforcement must be able see the exact point of impact in order to record this information. Accident victims must remain at the accident scene until law enforcement allows them to.

Avoid putting yourself in danger

If you are able to avoid being in a burning vehicle or in a vehicle likely to be hit again, don’t stay there. To avoid further injury, get out of the area immediately.

Do not dispose of evidence

It is crucial that accident victims do not throw away evidence when they bring their vehicle in for repairs. It is possible that parts of a vehicle may be required to prove the defect or cause of collision.

Don’t Admit Fault

Do not apologize for an accident when you get out of your car. You must not admit to any fault. Do not admit to the accident. This information could be used against you.

Do not agree to a recorded statement without counsel

Contact a personal injury attorney before you make a recorded statement. Your statement will be recorded by your insurance company and you are legally bound to it. To protect your legal rights, a lawyer can review your insurance policy before recording a statement.

Do not agree to settlement without legal representation

To determine if a settlement offer is fair and equitable, an attorney should be consulted.

Updated 01/18/22