You have probably read dozens of articles about what to do after a car accident. But do you know what you absolutely should not do following a crash?
In order for your car accident claim to be processed smoothly, it’s best that you follow the rules. By understanding the do’s and don’ts, you can avoid unnecessary liability and stay legal following a crash. Here are some things you should avoid doing after an accident.
Flee the Accident Scene
No matter how minor you think the accident may be, you should never take off following a crash. Even a seemingly minor fender-bender can mean serious injuries for the person in the other vehicle. By law, you are required to stop in a safe place and check on the others involved. If they are injured, you are required to call for medical help and render medical aid.
You are also required to get the other party’s personal and insurance information so you can file a claim. Even if you see only a scratch on your vehicle, it could develop into something worse. Therefore, you should always take the time to stop, even if you are in a hurry.
If you fail to stop, the accident will be considered a hit and run. At the very least, this is considered a misdemeanor offense. If someone was injured or killed in the accident, you could face felony charges.
Leave Your Car in the Road
After an accident, your first thought may be to check on your vehicle. However, before you do so, you need to move your vehicle off the road and into a safe place. By leaving your car in the middle of the road, you create the risk of another accident occurring. You could also get hit by a car, resulting in serious injury or fatality.
Get Angry at the Other Party
It’s understandable that you will be angry following an accident. However, confronting the other party and getting angry only does more harm than good. Instead, check on the person and see if they are OK.
Say “I’m Sorry”
While it seems as though the polite thing to say would be “I’m sorry,” this is not the case for car accidents. Apologizing may seem innocent enough, but what it does is make you seem guilty. By apologizing, the other party is assuming the accident is your fault. Your insurance company will then use this against you. Again, be sure to check on the other parties, but do not admit fault.
Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney Today
If you have never been in a car accident, you may be a little hazy about what you should and should not do. It’s important that you know the right things to do and understand what to avoid. Otherwise, you could ruin your chances of receiving compensation for damages and even face legal trouble.
If you have been involved in a car accident, seek help from New York car accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. He can advise you of the next steps and assess your case so you can get the most compensation possible. For more information, schedule a consultation by going online or calling.