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What NOT To Do After Involvement in A Car Accident

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016

car accidentsMost people living in Tampa, FL know exactly what to do after they have been involved in car accidents but very few know what not to do in such situations. Here are the top three things that you must avoid doing after you have been involved in a car accident:
  • Never leave the scene before the authorities arrive- unless it is a very minor collision that only leaves a few scratches on the cars then you must contact the police immediately after the accident. Avoid going anywhere outside the scene of the accident until the police arrive and take your statement. The only exception to this should be medical emergencies whereby you have to rush someone, or be rushed, to a treatment facility because of injuries sustained during the accident. If possible, try to get other driver to stay and wait as well but do not be aggressive when doing so. If the other driver decides to leave the scene before the police arrive then make sure you get important information from them such as their vehicle registration plates and their contact details.
  • Never accept liability- no matter how plain the circumstances surrounding the accident may appear, you should never accept responsibility for causing the accident before you talk to a enter on this link The reasons for this are simple. First of all, it is highly unlikely that you will be aware of all the facts relating to the accident. For instance, even if the accident happened right after you took a sudden turn, you may not know if the driver of the other car was driving while intoxicated.
  • Never negotiate compensation settlements on your own- in some cases, the driver responsible for causing the accident may try to convince you to accept a settlement offer on the spot on condition that you do not pursue the matter further. Never accepts such settlements before you speak to your car accident attorney because such drivers have been known to later change their stories and deny liability for the accident thereby leaving you with zero compensation. In addition, there is a very high likelihood that whatever settlement offer is brought to you on the spot will be much smaller than what you truly deserved to get.
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