Involved In a Crash? 4 Mistakes to Avoid After an Incident
Roadway incidents happen all the time across the United States and can range as minor as a slight fender bender in a parking lot to a 10-car pileup on a major highway. The roads are extremely dangerous because there are so many distracted drivers not paying attention. Globally, more than 50% of all roadway traffic deaths occur among young adults between the ages of 15 and 44 years old.
Since these roadway accidents are extremely common, it’s imperative to handle them correctly immediately afterward.
Here are some common mistakes that people make immediately and a few weeks after auto crashes:
- Not calling 911 — Whether you were seriously injured in a car accident or not, you should always call emergency services right away. There is a chance that you actually have been injured in a car accident, even if you feel completely fine. You could have some internal issues that need to be addressed by medical professionals. Also, police need to be notified in order to take care of any legal matters.
- Neglecting to obtain information — You should always exchange information with everyone involved with the crash. It’s extremely important to get the other driver’s info, regardless of how minor the accident might appear. If you aren’t getting their info, you could be in serious legal trouble down the road. Additionally, you should be getting info from any witnesses nearby, as well.
- Admitting fault — You should never admit fault after an accident. Even if you’re convinced that the accident was your fault entirely, never admit it. Don’t even apologize. Admitting fault can put you in serious trouble and you could be completely wrong. Maybe you thought the crash was your fault, but you could be incorrect. The driver might have been impaired or doing something wrong — so never admit fault.
- Not calling a car accident attorney — Whether or not you’re hurt in a crash, you should hire a professional car accident attorney. Personal injury attorneys can help you prepare for all the important next steps following a crash.
If you have recently been injured in a car accident, want to learn more about what to do after an accident, or are in need of an experienced car accident attorney, give Major Law a call right away.