Imagine driving through Worcester. It’s Monday morning and you have a big week ahead at work. So far, things are starting off right. Traffic is light, you’re running ahead of schedule and you have plenty of time to stop for a coffee before you get to work. Unfortunately, things go sideways when another driver rear-ends you at an intersection. Now, you have a damaged vehicle, a pain in your neck and back, and you will have to take at least a few days off work.
Car accidents, even minor ones, can be very scary for all individuals involved. In the aftermath, you might find it difficult to focus on what is going on around you and it is possible that you might even feel panic. However, during the moments immediately after a car wreck, it is vital that you remain calm because what you don’t do after an accident is just as important as what you do. Here are a few mistakes you should avoid after a motor vehicle collision.
Don’t leave the scene
Even if it does not seem like there is much damage or anyone is injured after a car wreck, you should not leave the scene without stopping and checking the status of everyone involved. Take the time to talk to the other driver, exchange contact and insurance information and even call the police to make a report. If you do not stop after an accident, you will be committing an illegal act and could face serious consequences even if the wreck was not your fault.
Don’t forget to call 911
If you do not call 911 to report an accident, it could seriously damage your chances of successfully filing an insurance claim. Even if the other driver seems trustworthy in the moment, things could change the following day. Furthermore, some insurance companies require that you submit a police report before they approve a claim for damages and injuries.
Don’t forget to talk to witnesses
While you are waiting for the police to arrive, this is a great time to talk to people who may have witnessed the accident. Take down their contact information in case you need to them to give testimony to back up your claim. In addition, take pictures of the scene including the area where the accident occurred, the damage to the vehicles and even the license plate of the other car involved.
If you are the victim of a car accident, remember the above tips. Taking the proper action after a collision can strengthen your claim and increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.