What You Should and Shouldn’t Do After a Car Accident

Close Up Of Two Cars Damaged In Road Traffic Accident

Accidents can happen unexpectedly, and this is something that you just have to accept and prepare for. Among the different types of accidents, motor vehicle accidents are among the most common types of accidents in the United States. Given this, it would be in your best interest to be more knowledgeable about what you should do in case you ever get into a car accident.

To help you out, we’ve prepared a list of things that you should and shouldn’t do after a car accident!

You Should:

1. Remain at the Scene
The first thing that you must do is to remain at the scene of the accident. Of course, there are exceptions to this, such as if you are in need of medical attention. But other than that, you have a legal obligation to remain at the scene regardless of whether or not the accident was your fault. If the accident occurred in a busy area, move to a safe area and wait for the authorities to arrive.

2. Contact the Authorities
If you are able to, it would be best to contact the authorities as soon as possible. This is so that they can file an official report of the car accident. The officer in charge of the situation will also collect the information of all parties involved. This includes but is not limited to insurance policies, damages to the vehicle, and overall injuries. All parties involved will also be given a report number so that they can review the specifics of the incident at a later time.

3. Seek Medical Attention
When calling the authorities, the dispatcher will ask if you need medical assistance. This is something that you should seek out as soon as possible, as you may have injuries that you are unaware of. Immediately following a car accident, you are less likely to notice soft tissue injuries due to the adrenaline.  If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort you should seek medical attention at your earliest opportunity.

You Shouldn’t:

1. Discuss the Situation with the Other Driver

Regardless of the situation, you must refrain from discussing the situation with the other parties involved. Remember that admitting fault in any way will make you liable for the accident, which potentially makes you vulnerable to legal suits and other penalties. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need legal advice in the event of a car accident, our team of experts is here to help you out. We’re dedicated to helping our clients and are ready to aggressively fight for them and their rights!

2. Ignore Your Injuries

We can’t emphasize this enough: do not ignore your injuries! While they may seem minor, going for long periods without treatment can aggravate injuries you may have sustained during the accident, especially if they are internal!

3. Post About Your Accident On Social Media

It is important after an accident that you refrain from posting information about it on social media.  Should a legal suit be necessary for your accident, your social media posts about the accident will be available to the opposing party.  Keeping your communications regarding the accident between yourself and your attorneys will make sure that those communications remain confidential.

Conclusion

Now, we hope that you’ll never have to experience an accident, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Keep these tips in mind in case you ever get into a car accident, as they’ll surely prove to be useful and make the entire ordeal less unpleasant and inconvenient.

If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, our legal experts at Kang Law Group are here to assist you in evaluating any potential claims. Get a free case evaluation from our Oregon and Washington based law firm by contacting us at (503) 646-3131 today!

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