None of us ever want to be involved in an auto accident and it’s something none of us ever want to experience. But accidents do happen and there may come a time when it happens to you, a time we are seldom prepared for. When an accident happens there is usually much confusion and there may by injuries so it’s difficult to know exactly what to say or do. Here are some important things to remember if you’re ever in a car accident.
Never leave the scene of an accident, it is against the law. Leaving the scene of an accident, even if it’s not your fault could get you charged with hit and run. This becomes an even greater problem if there are injuries or significant property damage. If there are injuries, the police should be called immediately, the police should also be called if the accident is blocking lanes of traffic and the cars can’t be moved, or if there’s significant damage.
Never admit guilt or blame the other driver for the accident for an accident. Let the authorities work out who’s to blame. Your responsibility is to simply tell your version of what happened as best you can recall. Don’t ever sign anything ether, unless it is from a police officer.
After a car accident has happened, you should first make sure everyone is OK. Once it is determined that everyone is OK, and attempt should be made to move the cars out of the roadway and away from traffic. Turn hazard light on and turn the cars off if they are still running. Get yourself and anyone else away from traffic and in a reasonably safe area as soon as possible.
You should always file a police report on the incident. Even if the accident was minor and there were no injuries, having a police report can help you if the other driver decides to sue later. Hopefully you’ll never be involved in a car accident, but it helps to know what to do if it does happen to you.