Getting into a San Antonio car accident is very stressful and can be costly in terms of time, money, emotional well-being, and physical health. To reduce stress and help achieve the best possible outcome, you should know what steps to take after a crash. In addition to knowing what to do after a car accident, you should know what not to do. Following are five things you should never do after a car crash:
- Leave the scene of an accident that caused an injury or damage to a vehicle or property. There are severe penalties—including fines and jail time—for leaving an accident scene.
- Lose your temper with the other driver. You may be feeling very angry and frustrated—especially if you think the other driver caused the accident. However, you must keep a cool head in order to protect your interests in the aftermath of the crash.
- Tell the investigating police officer or anyone else that you are not injured. After the accident, adrenaline may be flowing, so you may not realize you are injured. In a few hours or the next day, symptoms could appear. If you suffered an injury in the crash, you should see your doctor right away.
- Admit responsibility for the accident to the investigating officer, the other driver, witnesses, or your insurance company. When questioned about the accident by the investigating officer or insurance company, you should answer factually and honestly. However, you should avoid admitting fault—even if you think you were to blame—since you may not be aware of mitigating circumstances.
- Lie to the police or insurance company. It is a crime to lie to police or to attempt to defraud your insurance company, and there are severe penalties associated with both.
Keep these five items in mind to protect your interests and achieve the best possible outcome after a car accident. Afterwards, if you need legal assistance to deal with insurance companies, lost wages, and medical bills, contact a San Antonio car accident attorney at the Todd Law Firm for a case review. The number is 512-472-7799, and the consultation is free. You can also download a free copy of Seven Deadly Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Texas Accident Case for additional information.