During the summer, the road becomes a more perilous place for drivers. Even the most experienced and responsible drivers can be involved in a car accident.
Understanding what actions to avoid after an accident is just as important as knowing what to do. By following these simple tips, you can help protect yourself and your passengers from legal complications.
Do Not Leave the Scene of an Accident
You must remain at the scene until the authorities arrive. Failing to do so constitutes a criminal offense and can lead to severe legal ramifications.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projected that more than 40,000 people died in Car accidents in the US in 2021, a rising figure during the summer months, mainly due to gridlock.
Do Not Admit Fault
One of the worst things you can do after a car accident is immediately admit fault, regardless of whether you think you caused the accident. Admitting fault can potentially harm your insurance claim or legal case in the future.
The best approach is to stick to the facts and avoid discussing who is at fault. Let the police and insurance companies investigate and determine liability. Any admission of guilt can be used against you, so it is best to stay silent and seek legal advice.
Do Not Forgo Calling the Police
One of the biggest mistakes people make after a car accident is not calling the police. Regardless of how minor the accident may seem, calling the police can help you file the claim, ensure the safety of all parties involved, and get further guidance on any legal proceedings that may arise.
Even if the other driver is reluctant to call the police, you should do so to protect your interests.
Do Not Refuse Medical Attention
After a car accident, many people make the mistake of refusing medical attention. Even if you feel fine right after the accident, injuries can manifest hours or even days later.
Refusing medical attention can impair any potential personal injury claim. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking medical attention from a professional after an accident.
Do Not Forget to Exchange Information
After an accident, try to exchange information with the other drivers involved.
Be sure to obtain the following:
- Phone number
- Insurance company
- Policy number
To prevent future errors, take photos of both driver’s licenses and insurance cards. If possible, collect contact information from any witnesses who may be present.
Do Not Post about the Accident on Social Media
You might feel tempted to post about your car accident on social media but resist the urge. Anything you publish can be used against you in court, and insurance companies may monitor your social media accounts.
If you have been in a car accident in Louisiana, an experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights. At Collins Law, we have a team of qualified personnel specializing in automobile accident cases who are fully prepared to secure the most favorable outcome for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.