What NOT to Do After a Car Accident

In some instances, knowing what not to do after a car accident is as important as knowing what to do. Read on to learn more about how to protect your rights, interests, and well-being after being involved in a motor vehicle collision simply by avoiding or refraining from certain actions.

The Car Accident “Don’ts”

Don’t Leave the Scene – After a car accident, stay at the scene until help arrives and you have exchanged information with the other driver(s) and witnesses.

Don’t Panic – Remain calm and call for help. Dial 911, and give the operator your exact location, as clearly as possible, and the direction you were traveling.

Don’t Discuss the Accident – Do not talk about the accident to anyone (other drivers, passengers, witnesses, etc.) until you file a report with the police and contact a personal injury attorney.

Don’t Accept Blame or Accuse Another Driver – Never admit fault to a car accident. You may not be aware of all the circumstances that caused or contributed to the collision (e.g. a roadway defect). Do not accuse another driver either. The evidence will speak for itself (with the help of a capable attorney).

Don’t Sign Anything from an Insurance Company – An insurance company (yours or another driver’s) may give you paperwork to sign after a car accident. Before you sign anything, review it with an attorney.

Don’t Record a Statement with an Insurance Company – Don’t agree to be recorded if an insurance company contacts you. You have the right to say no.

Don’t Settle before Talking to a Lawyer – An attorney can help you get maximum compensation for your injuries and damages, so do not accept any settlement offer before talking to a lawyer. Also, keep in mind that sometimes injuries get worse over time and you may not know the cost of future medical care at the time you are asked to accept a settlement.

Don’t Wait to Make Your Claim – After a car accident, evidence disappears more quickly than you would think, especially when dealing with commercial transportation companies.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Georgia, contact the legal team at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC today! Our attorneys will get to work gathering evidence and building your case. You won’t owe any legal fees until we obtain compensation on your behalf. Our experienced legal team is waiting to talk with you at (404) 460-0101.

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