What you or don’t do at the scene of an accident can impact your ability to successfully file a personal injury claim against the parties who caused the accident. If you are reading this article after leaving the scene of your car accident, you may still be able to do some of the things on this list.
5 Things To Do After At the Scene of a Car Accident
When you are involved in a car accident, it is easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you have suffered serious injuries. However, by remembering the following 5 important things to do at the scene of the accident, you will help your car accident attorney get you the compensation that you deserve.
- Stop. Most car accident victims do not generally have a choice but to stop. However, if you have a choice, you should stop regardless of how minor the accident is. If you fail to stop, you can be charged with the crime of hit and run. Even if you stop, it is important that you do not leave the scene of the accident too early.
- Call the police. You should call the police if you were involved in a major accident and if anyone has been injured. It is good practice to have an officer at the scene to prepare an unbiased evaluation of how the accident occurred.
- Document the scene of the accident. You should take photos of the scene of the accident. You should also write down the details of the accident while it is still fresh in your mind.
- Do not admit fault. Any statements that you make at the scene of the accident, regardless of whether it is to the other parties or to the police, almost always does more harm than good.
- Don’t make any agreements. As tempting as it may be, you should never strike a deal with the other driver at the scene of the accident
Call a New York Car Accident Attorney Today
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