Not all of us are fortunate enough to spend our whole driving experience accident-free. Sometimes it can be our fault, other times the fault of someone else. But many of us will experience that heart sinking feeling when we are suddenly involved in something we did not intend to happen. Whether you are to blame or are on the receiving end there are things to do, and mistakes that can be made when handling this delicate situation. We thought we would share with you some of the top mistakes we could all be guilty of making when we are involved in a car accident.

Never underestimate the injuries you may have incurred

Initially, when you are first involved in an impact during a car accident, you may go into shock. This means that the adrenaline could be pumping around your body and you may feel absolutely fine, even though you could be suffering from major injuries. Never underestimate the true extent, and try and ensure that you remain calm and not do too much when you are involved in an accident. Let others and witnesses take control of the situation, no matter how strong the urge may be to help.

Ensure that you get the right attorney on your side

Getting the right people on your side is vital when you have a car accident, especially if you are not at fault. This is why it is so important to research and speak to a good car accident lawyer. They are the experts when it comes to these situations and are best able to best advise you on the next steps. It’s always important to seek some resolve and closure from these sorts of situations.

Not informing the relevant authorities

It may be a difficult situation to be in and you can often forget protocol, but it is vital that at the scene of an accident you inform the local authorities or the police department. They can record the accident and deal with any cleanup issues that may arise.

Forgetting to get any relevant evidence and pictures

It is easy to get wrapped in the situation, but you also need to make sure that you take pictures and damage evidence in regards to names and insurance companies of the people that were involved in the accident. This will help you further along when it comes to discussing things with your own insurance company and take things further with a lawyer or through the courts.

Using social media

Social media is there for everyone to see, so using it and updating your status could work against you in the future. Especially when it comes to your insurance claim or if the accident case goes to court. While it is an excellent way to collectively let people become aware of your situation and to confirm you are doing okay, leave any details of the car accident out of your social media profile. It may be tempting to tell the world that you weren’t at fault, but equally it far more effective to stay quiet on the matter.

I hope this helps you to avoid some of the common mistakes that can be made.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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