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Don’t Do These Things at an Accident Scene

What you do and say immediately following an accident can make the difference between having a successful personal injury claim and not receiving compensation. Here are some mistakes that can be made at the scene of an accident that can be avoided

Do Not Lose Your Cool

This is easier said than done for anyone who has just been through the trauma of an accident. However, there is much to be done at the scene of an accident in order to lay the ground for a future claim. Assuming that you are able to, you will need to take pictures and get witness information. If you do not remain calm, you will not be able to think of everything that can be done to bolster your case. Therefore, it is essential to take a deep breath and remain under control

Do Not Discuss What Happened With the Other Driver

Winning an argument with the other driver will not help your case in any way. It can only hurt you because you may say something that can be used against you in the heat of an argument. In addition, witnesses to the accident may be affected and influenced by your demeanor after the crash. If they see one party acting in an argumentative manner, they may not want to step forward. Try to avoid litigating the accident at the scene because that is something that is best hashed out by injury attorneys as opposed to the drivers.

Do Not Leave the Scene

Leaving the scene of an accident can get drivers in serious trouble. The police should always be contacted after an accident no matter what so that an accident report can be filed. Drivers should always wait at the scene of an accident until the report is filed and the emergency responders tell them that it is permissible to leave. You should never be in a hurry to leave the scene anyway because you should always be checking repeatedly for anything that can serve as evidence should there be litigation.