Being in a car accident or hurt by a car is never easy. But when it’s your first accident, it can be downright terrifying. Whether you’re a new driver or you’ve been driving for years, here are a few mistakes you need to avoid after your first car accident.
Waiting to Call the Police
After you’ve been in a car accident, it’s important to call the police as soon as you get your vehicle to a safe place. If the accident was minor, it’s possible any other drivers involved will attempt to convince you not to call the police. Don’t listen. Calling the police should be your top priority after any car accident.
Leaving Your Car on the Road
You’ve just been hit and possibly hurt by another driver. You’re in shock. It can be difficult to do so, but it’s crucial that you remain calm and get your vehicle to a safe location off of the road. Even pulling over onto the shoulder is better than leaving your car in the middle of the street. This can help prevent any additional damage, as well.
Failing to Obtain Driver Information
No matter how many other drivers were involved in the accident, it’s imperative that you exchange information with them. Whether on your phone or on paper, getting the following information is necessary:
- Driver name
- Insurance company and policy information
- Home address
- Phone number
- License and license plate numbers
- Vehicle information (make and model)
- Witness contact information
Refusing Medical Treatment
If you are hurt, even if it’s not life-threatening, you should get checked out. Just because you did not sustain fatal or near-fatal injuries does not mean you should decline treatment. Let your symptoms be your guide.
Failing to Hire a Lawyer
If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, it’s important to contact a car accident attorney. This is especially important if you’ve been hit by a drunk driver. The legal BAC limit is 0.08%, and if a driver involved in your car accident was intoxicated above that level, they were breaking the law. Not only that, but a car accident attorney can help you in a personal injury case. Best and Flatt has the experience and expertise, in every aspect of protecting your rights, if you’ve been injured in an auto accident.
Car accidents can be scary affairs. Fortunately, you have the information you need to avoid these common mistakes.
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