Car Accident Tips
Tips on what to do in the aftermath of a car accident aren’t hard to find. But what motorists may have a harder time finding is tips for what not to do after an accident. Surprisingly to some, there are lots of potential pitfalls following an accident and stepping into one can have implications for your damages and even your own liability later on. If you’ve just been in an accident or simply want to be proactive, the following tips can help you know how to protect your interests.
Don’t Forgo Calling Police
After a minor accident like a rear-ending, many drivers simply hop out, examine their car, exchange information and leave. But even the most minor wreck should involve a call to authorities. That’s because a police officer will take down details of the accident and generate a report that can stand up in a court of law. Fail to get a report and any future case you have against a negligent driver could come down to he-said, she-said.
Don’t Admit Fault
When getting out of the car after an accident, it may seem natural to see how the other driver is doing and lament the incident, even if you aren’t at fault. But beware. The other driver may twist your attempt to be thoughtful into an admission of causing the accident. Further, you’ll want to avoid making recorded statements about the incident to insurance companies. Insurance companies are looking for ways to lowball your claim and any recorded statements you make can help them. Instead, let your attorney do the talking.
Don’t Sit On Your Claim
When an accident happens, it’s natural to want to take care of the immediate responsibilities and put the incident out of your head for a while. For some people, that translates to waiting to seek damages, but that can be a bad move. In some states, there is a statute of limitations on how long accident victims have to pursue personal injury claims. In Florida, for example, the limit is four years. Instead of taking the risk, talk to an attorney as soon as you can to learn if you have a case.
The list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to how to handle an accident is a long one. Use the above as a starting point and you’ll know what not to do. And when in doubt, call a car accident attorney and let them guide you through the process.