In previous blogs, we have stressed the importance of being the safest driver you can be. Avoid distractions, pay attention to the drivers around you, and follow the road laws. But, no matter how carefully we drive, accidents happen. Whether it’s a fender bender when backing out of a parking spot at the same time as another driver or a sideswipe in the turning lane, when an accident happens it’s very important for you to know what to do, and just as importantly, what NOT to do. No matter whose “fault” it was (or even if no one is really to blame) you should know your rights and be aware of how to handle a situation should it arise. Since we deal with a lot of auto injury cases and have decades of legal knowledge, we’d like to give our readers a brief rundown of what to avoid doing if you’re involved in an accident. If you’re injured, the first thing you should do is call 911. But, for accidents where no-one is injured, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Don’t Share Unnecessary Information
As much as we’d all like to think that everyone is honest and has integrity, this is not the case, unfortunately. There are people out there who will use an “accident” as a chance to attempt to swindle you out of money, or even steal your identity. A driver shouldn’t be allowed to take a photo of your driver’s license since this has tons of info they can use dishonestly. However, they (and you) CAN and SHOULD photograph the damage if there is any.
In addition, don’t give out personal info like your home address or phone number to anyone who isn’t a law enforcement officer. You WILL need to exchange your names, license plate numbers, insurance companies, and your vehicle information with the other driver, though, and they should do the same. Remember, even if it’s just a fender bender, it’s generally wise to involve a law officer to be sure everything is being done on the up-and-up.
Don’t Do Anything that Could Put You in Danger
If you get in a car crash in a rural area without many people around, be extra careful and aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Call the police, and if something doesn’t bode well, wait in your car with the windows up and doors locked until the police arrive. Don’t leave the scene of the accident, though, as this is a crime.
On the flip side, if you’re on a busy highway with lots of traffic, make sure to pull far enough off the road. Safety is key, so don’t do anything that could endanger yourself or others.
If you’re ever involved in an auto accident, whether it’s a truck, motorcycle, or car accident, protect your rights by calling a lawyer near you. At Nance Cacciatore, our personal injury attorneys will fight for your rights and for justice. If you need a lawyer in the Melbourne, FL or Titusville areas of Brevard County, please contact us today.