As a personal injury attorney, I know that in accidental circumstances, drivers often lose their poise and may commit critical mistakes that they will later regret. This article is about 3 of these mistakes.
Even the most cautious drivers are likely to end up in a car accident at some point in their lives. If another driver careens through a red light or loses control while trying to text and drive, you may find yourself at the scene of a car accident. While it’s important to know what to do at this point, it’s equally important to know what mistakes to avoid following a car accident.
Leaving the scene
Even if your accident is minor and there appear to be no injuries, you need to stay at the scene. You are legally required to always stop, check on the other person involved, and exchange insurance information.
Failing to call 911
Like many drivers, you may believe that it’s not necessary to call 911 and report the accident if there are no injuries. However, if you and the other driver agree to let the insurance company handle the matter, it’s important to verify their insurance information at the scene. Even if the police department doesn’t respond due to the accident being without injuries, you may still be able to obtain an accident report.
Losing your cool
Being involved in an auto accident can be a frustrating and unexpected experience. It is only natural for your emotions to be running high, especially if you have suffered injuries. Instead of approaching the other driver in an accusatory or hostile manner, first check whether or not he or she is okay. The calmer you remain, the better you will be able to document the incident.
If you’ve been involved in a Tucson car accident, contact The Hameroff Law Firm, PC at (520) 792-4700. As a client, you will work directly with a Tucson personal injury attorney. Each of our attorneys and staff members takes the time to get to know our clients’ concerns and goals.