Driverless cars don’t control the streets yet, so we’ll keep having accidents. Hopefully you’re lucky enough not to be involved in one. Even though it’s entirely possible if you drive regularly the chances are slim. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what to do if the unfortunate did actually happen.
If you’re prepared you’ll be able to handle the stressful situation much better. It could save you a lot less unnecessary stress. It’s hard to mention every little thing one must do, so let’s just focus on a few of the bigger ones to help keep you safe.
Don’t Admit Any Fault
A few personal injury lawyers providing help for car accidents victims in Scarborough recently said you should never admit any fault. This means not even apologizing for a single thing that happened.
If you were a true victim it would look suspicious if you apologized for the accident. You have to forget about saying it because it’s polite to say sorry. It could ruin your chances of winning anything you deserve.
Stay Where You Are
Maybe the accident you were involved in wasn’t serious, but what will you do if the other party involved call the police? They’ll automatically assume you were fleeing from the scene of a crime.
It’s why you should stay where you are until you know in your head it’s time to go. If the police are called to the scene they’ll be the ones who give you permission to continue on with your journey.
Take Lots Of Photos
Obviously this should only be done if you’re not terribly injured, but take after you’ve been involved in an accident. They do say pictures paint a thousand words and so do photos.
They’ll come in useful if you’re being blamed for the accident. They could even be used in court. By taking photos instead of waiting around doing nothing you could prove your innocence and save yourself lots of heartache.
Start Talking To Witnesses
If you’re lucky there will be a lot of people around when you are involved in an accident. They’ll be great witnesses if the accident wasn’t your fault. Round up as many people as possible before they walk away.
Ask them if you could have their contact details, because if you hire a lawyer they might want to speak with them. We’ve already mentioned you taking photos, but collect any your witnesses have taken too.
Always Visit A Doctor
When you’ve been in an accident you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. If ambulances are present at the scene don’t refuse to be checked out. It’s easy to think there is nothing wrong with you straight after an accident.
You could be in shock and adrenaline will be masking the pain. This infographic that discusses whether a personal injury can lead to emotional illness says your mind could be affected too. If you ignore help you’re making a big mistake.
Lots Of Things Could Go Wrong
It’s so hard to speak about accidents in general because each one is unique. At least if you remember everything we’ve talked about today it won’t be quite as bad. Don’t forget, it’s unlikely you’ll be involved in a crash so keep your fingers crossed.
Michael Sanduso lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a freelance writer and editor, tech geek, and stay at home father.