The first thing you need to do is remain calm. The accident could have been your fault, the other person’s fault, both of you could have been equally at fault; regardless, you need to remain calm. After an accident, more is at stake than damage to property – damage to self may occur. Even if there are no visible injuries, stay put for some time and get up only after moving your limbs slightly and ensuring that you are alright. If you don’t do this, you might severely injure yourself, resulting in high medical costs or loss of wages. The insurance can cover property damage in most cases, so ensuring moving will not aggravate an injury is first priority. Here are some other post accident mistakes that you don’t want to make:
Vacating the Scene
Keep in mind that in Ohio, like all states, it is an offense to flee an accident scene. You can move off the road so you don’t put others in danger, but leaving the scene is illegal. Sometimes after an accident, nerves or fear might override common sense. If you have left the scene of an accident, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney to discuss your options.
Attempting to Be a Hero
After you have checked to determine that you are alright, you can try and help others involved in the accident. If someone is injured, do not try to move them yourself. Call the police and report the accident. Paramedics are trained to move people from accident scenes so that no further injuries occur. Of course, you should use your best judgment but if the other party is not in immediate, fatal danger, let the paramedics help.
Failing to Exchange Information
Exchange information with the other driver. Important details include the driver’s name, driver’s license number, insurance information, and the registration number of the vehicle. If there are other passengers involved in the accident, it is a good idea to get their names, addresses and phone numbers. The same applies to any eyewitnesses or police officers at the scene.
Trying to Determine Fault
Do not admit fault. Admitting to a mistake may absolve that person of responsibility and might cause you to have to pay out of pocket for injuries or property damages. Report the incident to your insurance company and explain, in detail, the damage to your property and any injuries you suffered. An experienced personal injury attorney will use police reports, eyewitness accounts, and even the services of an accident reconstruction expert to help figure out compensation. To speak with one of our Columbus, Ohio, car accident attorneys contact the Ohio Car Accident Lawyers today.