If you are ever involved in a traffic accident, it’s very important that you and the other driver/s remain calm in order to properly assess the damage and ensure that anyone who is hurt receives medical attention as soon as possible. Here are some things not to do after an accident:
Do not leave the scene
Never leave the scene of an accident; it’s a crime. Regardless, you should check on those involved, exchange insurance information, and report the accident to local authorities.
Do not lose your temper
Perhaps some anger in the heat of the moment may be expected in some traffic accidents, but it’s in your best interest to be courteous and simply ensure that help is on the way if anyone is hurt. Yelling or blaming will do no good and only exacerbate the situation.
Do not forget documentation
Even if the police and medics are on their way, don’t forget to obtain all necessary information from the other driver, including the name of his/her insurance company and policy number, license plate number, and name and address. Every detail can be important, and forgetting important ones can be disruptive later on.
Do not neglect the aftermath
Car accidents can be traumatizing, but it’s important to remember that many matters may require your attention in the days and weeks following the accident, from medical treatment and expenses to legal consultation. Your own health and well-being is your priority; when you are ready, begin addressing these issues to make sure everything is in order and you can make a safe, full recovery.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. Download our personal injury app. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.