4 Things That Should Be on Your Car Accident To-DON’T List
Millions of car accidents happen in the United States each year, with thousands of them happening every day—many of them in Florida. Chances are that you or someone you love were involved in a car accident at some point; the odds are just TOO great.
While you have probably read many blogs and articles and researched what to do after a car accident, here are some things that you definitely should NOT do after an accident…
Think of this as your own personal car accident To-DON’t list.
1. Do NOT leave the scene of the accident: Even if you feel it is only a small fender-bender, you should not leave the accident scene until the police arrive—even if the other driver(s) leave or try to convince you that it is no big deal. This is for your protection. Even if just for insurance purposes, you want it on the record that there was an accident. If you are involved in a serious accident and there are potential injuries, then it is crucial to stay put until the police arrive.
2. Do NOT give the police more information than necessary: This does NOT mean you should lie to the police. But if you think you caused—or even partially caused—the accident, then you do not want to spill your guts to the responding officer. It is prudent to stick to the facts as best you can without admitting fault. After all, you may not be at fault despite what you think.
3. Do NOT give inconsistent statements: After a car accident, you will likely speak to many different people, including witnesses at the scene, responding police officers, medical care providers, and insurance adjusters. It is important that during all of these conversations, you keep your statements about what you saw and any of your injuries consistent. You do not want any statements or comments you make to contradict anything else you may have said. Inconsistent statements can come back to haunt you in any resulting lawsuits.
4. Do NOT forget to contact a personal injury attorney: In the aftermath of a car accident, you may feel stressed and overwhelmed. In addition to dealing with your injuries, you may worry about your job, medical expenses, and how are you are going to care for your family with serious injuries.
Meet with a Good Personal Injury Attorney
Hiring a good personal injury attorney will help alleviate much of this burden. Your attorney and his or her legal staff will help you deal with insurance adjusters, opposing counsel and even medical care providers. Do not be afraid to reach out for help!
An experienced attorney will be able to ensure you don’t do anything that could potentially have a negative impact on any future claims or lawsuits regarding your car accident. They will also ensure that your rights are protected, and that your best interests are top priority.
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