After a crash, your body goes into fight or flight mode, and clear thinking is difficult. Here are several things you shouldn’t do after a car accident.
Leave your Vehicle in the Road
Unless your vehicle is damaged so badly that it cannot be moved, it is always best to pull way off to the side of the road after a crash. Don’t worry about preserving the scene for the cops when they get there. It is way more important for you and any other vehicles involved, to go where it is safe to exit your vehicle and wait for the cops.
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Run away from the Scene
This tip has everything to do with being a great citizen, as leaving the scene of a crash is illegal. Don’t ever leave the scene of an accident. This advice certainly applies to small accidents also. If you clip someone’s external mirror or back into a parked vehicle, you might be tempted to conclude that “there’s no real damage” and leave. The issue is that if someone sees you, or you are captured on a camera, then you are documented as departing the scene of an accident. This will probably get you a surprise visit from the police and an appearance date in court.
Ignore other the cars involved
Once everybody is safely over to the side of the road, go check on the other driver and any passengers. You might be involved in the accident’s aftermath for a long time, so setting the stage by introducing yourself and ensuring everyone is okay is always a good idea.
Neglect to Call the Cops
Regardless of how small the incident might be, call 911 and notify the cops. First, not reporting any kind of accident is an offense, as we touched on. Second, you want the police to arrive to stabilize the scene, collect data and file their report. If the involved insurance companies try to settle claims without a police report, it’s a mess. Always dial 911 when you are involved in a crash.
Try to Clean up
Some accidents are severe enough to make a huge mess in the street, don’t be tempted to clean it up. Although it’s a good intention, it is usually quite dangerous to do this sort of thing. Typically the police or highway department will clean things up – that is their job. Plus, the responding police officers might need to see the debris for documentation purposes.
Refuse Medical Care
Playing it cool and acting like “nothing hurts” could save you an ambulance ride to the hospital, but that may not be a the best idea, because if you find out later that you were actually injured, then you have documentation to prove that it happened.
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