Indiana residents need to be smart after getting into a car accident. There are certain steps you should take. However, there are things you must always avoid after a crash as well.
Leaving the scene of the accident
By law, you should always avoid leaving the scene of a car accident. You are required to remain there if the accident results in property damage, injuries or death. Fleeing the scene, even if you know you’re not at fault, can result in a felony hit and run charge.
Neglecting to call 911
Not calling 911 after a car accident is one of the worst things you can do. Even if you have a seemingly minor fender bender, you should call 911 and have the police come to the scene. Calling 911 can also summon an ambulance and emergency medical technicians to administer medical assistance.
Apologizing or saying too much
After a car crash, you should always avoid apologizing to the other driver or saying too much to them. Anything you say can later be used as evidence against you. This can happen even if the other driver was 100% at fault for the crash. Stay calm and keep any conversation to the barest minimum.
Not exchanging information
While you should keep the conversation minimal, you should avoid the mistake of not exchanging information with the other driver. This can hurt you if you later realize that you’ve suffered an injury in the accident as you won’t have that person’s name, contact information and driver-related information you need to file a lawsuit.
Not taking photos of the scene
If you don’t take photos of the accident scene, you won’t have good evidence for your personal injury claim. Whether you choose to file against the other driver’s insurance company or directly against that person, you need photo evidence to back up your claim.
Not getting medical attention
You should avoid the mistake of not getting medical attention after a car accident. Injuries can be serious and might take a few days to show. Internal injuries can occur. They are serious and require immediate treatment.