Getting in a car accident can be a scary thing. Not only are you worried about the safety of everyone in the car, but you might also be worried about the other party suing you. It is not uncommon to have a lawsuit filed against you after you get in a car accident, which is why it is so important that you protect yourself. Here are a couple things you need to know about protecting yourself when you get in a car accident.
1. Always Call The Police After The Accident
In some cases, the accident will seem small enough that there is no reason to call the authorities, but as a precaution you should always call the police and have them come to the scene. When they come to the accident scene you will get an official police report. This report could help you in the case that there was a lawsuit. The police will take statements from people who saw the accident as well as both parties so that it can be determined what happened. If you don't have this official report, it could easily become a battle of he said, she said to see what really happened. With an official document, it will help to clear up any misconceptions.
2. Don't Leave Until You Are Dismissed
Car accidents can happen at the worst times. You may be in a rush to get somewhere or have other things you need to do, but to protect yourself you need to stay at the scene until everything is cleared up. If it looks at all like it was a hit and run, you could be in big trouble. Thus, stay at the scene until everything is resolved and until the police (if applicable) say you can leave.
3. Don't Admit Fault Or Talk Too Much
In your embarrassment, frustration, or awkwardness you might try to diffuse the situation by talking about the accident. You should never admit that it was your fault to the other party. Even if you were on your phone, they could have been doing something dangerous as well. Which is why it is better if you keep your thoughts to yourself. You can say, "this is unfortunate" or make statements about the situation, such as observations about the cars, but don't admit that you were at fault in any way.
By doing these things, you can protect yourself if you are in a car accident. Contact a local auto accident attorney, such as one from Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC, for further assistance.