According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 (the most recent uploaded data) there were over 6 million non-fatal crashes in the United States. There were then around 2 million injury accidents and together, that is A LOT. If you are ever in an accident and part of these statistics here is what NOT to do.
Never Admit Fault
Resist saying “I’m so sorry, it’s my fault” no matter how bad you feel or how much you think it was actually your fault because it may not have been. Once those words come out of your mouth, the insurance company will use that statement against you. Leave it to both insurance companies to figure out who was at fault.
Do Not Leave the Scene
It’s very common to get nervous whenever in an accident, but don’t allow your nerves to get the best of you and leave the scene. By law you are required to stop and see if anyone was hurt and to call an ambulance if needed. You are also supposed to stay on the scene and exchange information with the other driver or drivers involved in the accident.
Don’t Forget To Contact Police
Whenever in an accident a police report is very important; don’t take one step and exchange information without getting the police to the scene to file a report. If the accident was the other person’s fault the police can also issue a ticket which can ultimately help your case.
If you saw something that caused the accident, if you were under the influence, time, location, insurance policy don’t lie because the truth will most likely come about. It’s best to be upfront then to be caught in a lie which will look bad against your case.