When you get into an auto collision, there are things you should or should not do. For the most part, it’s easy to know that you should call for help if you’re hurt or that you should exchange some basic information.
What shouldn’t you do, though? Are there things that could hurt your case? Here are three things to keep in mind.
Don’t admit fault
Admitting fault is not your responsibility. In fact, you can leave determining fault up to the insurance companies, police and others at the scene. You need to consider writing down everything you remember, but you have no obligation to admit fault (and shouldn’t).
Another thing you shouldn’t do is apologize. While it’s common to say you’re sorry when someone else gets hurt, doing so after a crash could lead to you facing allegations of being at fault even when you’re not. So, you can help those who are hurt, but don’t say sorry. If you do, they could assume that you’re claiming at least part of the fault for the accident.
Don’t agree to walk away
Finally, don’t agree not to call the police because everyone thinks they’re okay. If your vehicle isn’t badly damaged or you think you weren’t injured, you might think you don’t need to take action. However, injuries are often delayed, and walking away without exchanging information could lead to more expenses down the line. Always exchange information, and call the police if the other person attempts to leave the scene despite you or others being injured.
These are a few things to think about when you’re at the scene of the car crash. While you might think that apologizing or agreeing not to call the police is being helpful or polite, the reality is that you could get yourself into a frustrating situation. Instead, call 911 and have an emergency team come out to meet you at the scene. Get medical attention, and let your attorney handle your personal injury claim. Doing these things will give you the best chance at obtaining compensation after a collision.