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Must-Dos Immediately Following An Accident To Avert Trouble Later On

Date : 5/10/2017  
Name :  Frank Fernandez 
State :  All States 
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Category :  Accident Law 
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Must-Dos Immediately Following An Accident To Avert Trouble Later On

A car accident is a provoking, emotional and sometimes overwhelming situation in a person’s life. Whether it’s a fender-bender or a major collision, those involved might have a hard time thinking straight in the immediate aftermath. Unfortunately, what you do following the incident can be the most critical part of the outcome, should there be any legal actions taken on either side. Just when it is most difficult to concentrate is when it is the most important, which is why knowing beforehand what to do and what not to do is the best way to protect yourself.

Assess the situation

The first step is to stay calm and not panic, which is easier said than done. When you look around and someone is injured, your car is in shambles, or someone you love is hurt, it is difficult to keep your wits about you. But that is exactly what you have to do to think clearly. Take a deep breath, put things into perspective, and try to just get through the next couple of hours.

Check around to make sure that your passengers are okay first. Then make sure that someone is calling 911. Whether anyone is injured or not, there will need to be a police report on file. The sooner you make the call, the sooner you can take care of the incident. If someone is injured, it is imperative that you not try to do any first aid on your own. Wait for the ambulance to arrive and let the medical professionals do their job.

Look around

Once you have found out if anyone is injured and called 911, it is important to take a good look at the scene and to assess the conditions around you. Taking pictures, not just of the car and any damage, but things like stop lights, stop signs or yield signs are important. If possible, walk around and take pictures from several different angles so that you can get a good idea of the scenario involved before the incident.

Exchange details

It is important that you not rely on law enforcement to collect details like the other driver’s information -- or drivers, if there are more than two cars involved. Immediately following the accident, you will want to put everyone’s contact information in your phone including their address, their name, their age, and their insurance carrier. You will need that information when you call your own insurance company.

Don’t talk about the accident at all

Keeping quiet is the most critical step. Do not consult anyone about the accident or talk about what you did before or after the crash. If you tell them anything about what you did, you could be unwittingly admitting guilt. Make sure not to say things like “I’m sorry” or “this is all my fault.” Even if someone is hurt and you are feeling guilty, admitting fault isn’t your responsibility. Remember, it is an accident, and no one meant to hurt anyone. If you say you are sorry then you are saying that you did something wrong, and that might end up hurting you in the end.

Also, never try to make arrangements to pay for someone else’s car. There are times when people get concerned about their insurance rates increasing, so they will offer to take care of the damage outside of making a claim. That might open you up to a whole lot more financial responsibility if the person decides to file a lawsuit. Saying you will pay for the damages is like admitting guilt; the reason you have insurance is to let them handle the situation, so let them do their jobs.

Contact both an accident attorney and your insurance carrier

Either at the scene or immediately upon returning home, it is imperative that you file a claim with your insurance company. If you call immediately, the facts will be clear in your head so that you won’t be trying to remember details after the fact.

Even if you think it is nothing serious, you will also want to at a minimum, consult a car accident lawyer to make sure that you are protecting yourself. What could seem like no big deal can turn to a major one very quickly.

Taking the right first steps after an accident, when it might be most difficult, is the best defense. To ensure that you are protected, stay calm, don’t say anything, and call a Glendale auto accident lawyer immediately to cover all your bases.

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