It can happen to anyone. You find yourself distracted and you suddenly find yourself in an automotive accident. You believe that you were at fault, but you aren't entirely sure. How you handle the situation from here on out can affect whether you will be required to pay for the damages and to what extent you will be at fault.
1. Do Not Leave The Scene
The worst thing to do after an accident is to leave the scene of the accident. In some states, this may be illegal. But even if it is not illegal in your state, you will need to exchange insurance information. Also, it could be risky to leave when your car is damaged. If your vehicle can't be driven, it is important to remain still. Depending on the state you are in, you may need to remain still until the police arrive.
2. Find Out Whether A Police Report Is Necessary
Whether or not you are required to report the accident is based on the state you live in. If any injuries were sustained, many states require that the accident be reported. Also, if the damages are greater than a certain amount determined by the state, you may be required to report the accident.
3. Call The Police
If you have caused an accident, you may be reluctant to call the police. However, calling the police is a normal part of the procedure of a car accident. By taking responsibility and calling the police, you will make the situation easier for everyone involved. It is important to exchange insurance information and it is easier for this to be done by a police officer. Otherwise, the situation could become confrontational. However, in some cases, the officer will cite a ticket.
4. Don't Admit Fault
It is best not to admit fault even if you believe you are at fault. It is possible that the other motorist is actually at fault. However, it is also not recommended that you argue over who is at fault. By arguing, you will make the situation more stressful and you may cause a conflict with the other motorist. Also, you may say something that could later be used against you in court. If you admit fault, and your lawyer discovers that you were actually not at fault, you can still have your own words used against you. Regardless, be sure to contact an auto accident attorney, such as Loughlin Fitzgerald P C, for advice on how to proceed.