Four Things You Should Avoid Doing After A Car Accident.

December 5, 2013

The moments following a personal injury accident are chaotic and confusing.  Unfortunately, this causes many Buffalo drivers to make the wrong decisions following a collision.  Here are four things to avoid doing after a motor vehicle accident:

1. Fleeing

Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in New York State, even if you did not cause it.  Leaving can even lead to jail time if a personal injury is involved.  Avoid this by staying at the scene and providing your license and proof of insurance to both the other party in the accident and the police when they arrive.

2. Apologizing

You may be a very good and sympathetic person, but telling the other driver that you’re sorry about the accident may be used later as evidence that you felt the accident was “your fault” immediately after it occurred.  Remain polite, but do not discuss the accident or your feelings about it with the other driver.

3. Shouting

Letting off steam might feel good at the moment, but it may be used later to cast you in an unsympathetic light.  Take a deep breath and keep your composure.

4. Talking to others about the accident.

While it is natural to want to tell your friends and family about the accident, if you have suffered a personal injury it is not helpful to discuss the details outside of any legal proceedings.  Even more importantly, don’t talk about the accident to any attorney or insurance company representing the other driver.  Instead, all questions and concerns about the accident should be directed to your personal injury attorney.

If you have been injured in a car accident and have any questions or concerns, you should call a personal injury attorney.  Call us at 716-400-0000.