Being involved in a car accident is never fun, and it’s certainly never easy. However, if you act appropriately following the accident, you can keep a bad situation from getting worse. You simply have to know what to do and then do it, no matter how high your emotions may be running at the time.
Stay at the Scene
To start off with, remember that you should never leave the scene of an accident. In fact, doing so is actually against the law.
No matter how minor the accident may seem, call the police and wait in a safe area until they arrive to take a full report of what happened. This can seem like a major annoyance for a small fender bender, but it’s important to verify what happened in writing for your own protection.
Never Move an Injured Person
Hopefully, you’ll never be involved in an accident in which someone gets seriously injured. If this ever does happen, however, be sure not to move the injured person. Instead, call on and wait for qualified medical help to arrive.
If you cannot help moving the injured person, such as when staying in the current location would cause immense harm, move the person as slowly and steadily as possible, ideally with the help of anyone you can find, such as witnesses or others involved in the accident.
Don’t Admit Blame
Another tip to remember is never to apologize or admit blame while at the scene of an accident. In order for you to be held responsible for an accident, there needs to be some kind of proof, so don’t “give yourself away” and end up costing yourself big by careless words that you say.
In fact, other than checking to ensure everyone is okay and contacting the police, there is really no reason at all to speak to other parties involved, and, honestly, the less you say, the better!
Gather Information from Witnesses
One final thing that you can do is to gather information from witnesses at the scene if you feel that they could help to corroborate your story or help you escape blame following an accident.
You can gather testimonies from willing witnesses. Also, be sure to get their contact information so that they could assist you in the event that you need to go to court over the accident.
If you can follow these simple tips and “keep your cool” after an accident, then you should find that things go a lot more smoothly both at the scene and later on down the road.