Long before you have ever been in a California car crash, you will likely get advice on what to do after such a mishap. On the flip side, you’ll find things you should not do after an accident. Instead of getting flustered in the immediate aftermath, remind yourself of a few things.
Some actions can jeopardize accident status
Knowing what not to do after motor vehicle accidents is just as important as making sure you do certain things. Here is a partial list:
- Don’t forget to move your car
- Don’t leave the accident scene
- Don’t minimize your injuries
- Don’t delay calling 911
- Don’t be confrontational
- Don’t forget to write down details
- Don’t forget to take photos
- Don’t admit guilt
- Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance until ready
- Don’t exchange personal information
For many of these tips, motorists sometimes need clarification about what to do. Sometimes people think they shouldn’t move their vehicle until the police arrive. Leaving your vehicle in the midst of traffic is dangerous, so take it out of traffic if possible. On the other hand, you should never leave the scene until the police arrive. Be sure to call them, no matter how minor the incident is. Being confrontational or admitting guilt can work against you. Always take photos of the accident and record the details because your memory will fade.
Dealing with insurance companies and other motorists
Someone is usually at fault in car accidents, so dealing with other motorists and their insurance providers can become challenging, especially if you suffer serious injuries that need extensive medical attention. In more serious accidents, details involving accident reconstruction can be crucial to any injury claims you may make, as is getting prompt medical attention. Make sure you keep all pertinent medical records.
Insurance companies are notorious for trying to low ball settlements or pin the blame on you so they don’t have to pay. You only need to speak to them when necessary and can ask for help if unsure what to do.