We’ve talked a lot about what to do if you’re ever involved in a car accident, giving you some professional and detailed advice on the correct steps to take if this happens. We’ve also covered the different factors that may be responsible for car crashes, for example drink driving, speaking on your phone or driving whilst tired.
However, what we haven’t really discussed is what you shouldn’t do after a car crash. We understand that they can be extremely scary and upsetting, but there are steps that you must follow legally. This means that any mistakes you make could have damaging consequences – even those made in the heat of the moment whilst panicking.
To help you avoid making these all too common mistakes, we have put together a guide to what you SHOULDN’T do after being involved in a car accident.
You Shouldn’t Flee The Scene
You’ve just collided with another driver. On first glance no one seems to be injured and there doesn’t seem to be much damage. You can drive off right?
Wrong. After being involved in a car crash, it’s important that you don’t leave the scene until all the details have been taken. It doesn’t matter whether the accident was your fault, you need to get out of your car (in a safe place), and speak to the other driver. If their car has been damaged, they will probably want to take insurance details from you.
Driving away is basically admitting your guilt and you can expect to be in a lot of trouble soon after.
You Shouldn’t Get Angry
We understand that a car crash can be frustrating, especially if the other driver was obviously at fault. However, even if you could clearly see that they weren’t paying attention, it’s important that you don’t get angry and lose your temper.
Getting angry, yelling at the other driver or physically trying to harm them is not going to help anyone. Find out if they’re okay, and if so, calmly get their details so that you can be on your way.
You Shouldn’t Settle Things Between Yourselves
Sometimes, people involved in a car collision will try and settle the matter privately, instead of alerting their insurance company. One of the drivers may admit that they were in the wrong and offer to pay the other a lump sum to cover the costs of getting the car repaired. Whilst this might seem appealing (you get to keep your no claims on your insurance), there are so many things that could go wrong.
The person might refuse to pay you, they may not even have the money, or the repairs could end up costing you a lot more than you thought. By not going through your insurance company, you are jeopardising your right for your insurance to cover the costs and you may not be able to claim compensation.
You Shouldn’t Attempt To Do It Alone
When you’ve been involved in an accident that definitely wasn’t your fault, you might want to claim for compensation. This means that you need to have a good idea of what your insurance policy is, and the laws regarding claims. You also need to make sure that you have every little detail recorded down as evidence, including all the details of the person involved in the accident.
Gathering the right amount of evidence is important for your case, and it’s something that you might struggle to do alone. We suggest getting the help of a personal injury lawyer who can help you put all your evidence together and advise you on the next steps to take.
Here at AYB Law Solicitors, we specialise in getting people what they are owed after being in accidents that were not their fault, whether it’s road accident or hit and run compensation. We can give you the most up to date advice for making a claim after an accident.
If you’ve been involved in an accident on the road and would like some information on how we can help you out, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 0800 0443 495 and a member of our team will be happy to help.