After you’ve been in a car accident, you want to make sure you protect yourself from liability, and don’t make things worse than they already are. You can do that by avoiding simple mistakes like these.
Mistake #5. Leaving Without Speaking to Police
No matter what, always speak to the police before leaving the scene of an accident to give them your version of events. This means there is documentation of everything, and a neutral party records it all.
Mistake #4. Declining Medical Treatment for Injuries
Even if you think you only have bumps and bruises, have the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) examine you. You don’t need any other reason except to have your condition documented. But also, your injuries could be worse than they initially seem, and might become worse later.
Mistake #3. Making Statements about Who Was at Fault
Like Sgt. Joe Friday used to say, “Just the facts.” When speaking to the police and the other parties, just stick to what, where and when. The why and how, and who was at fault can be sorted out later.
Mistake #2. Not Getting Contact Information from the Other Party AND Witnesses
Ask for the names of anyone at the accident scene, and take down their contact information and insurance information. Many people also forget about witnesses, as well. Witness accounts will be crucial if you need to argue a case.
Mistake #1. Not Taking Pictures of the Damage While on Scene
It seems obvious, but people often forget to do this. Use your smartphone so they are time stamped and geotagged. Be sure they’re clear, and taken from multiple angles.
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