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What not to do after a car accident

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Were you involved in an accident involving another vehicle in Alaska? There are a number of very crucial do’s and don’ts that you will need to keep in mind. You want to make sure that you have the strongest case when you file your claim with your insurance company. Here are some tips on what you should not do.

What are the actions you should avoid?

There are certain errors that you need to avoid making after motor vehicle accidents. Chief among these is admitting fault for the accident. You should never volunteer any information beyond what is legally required. The question of fault is one that you should always leave to a court to decide.

You should never underestimate any injuries that you may have received. Even if it seems minor, you should get it checked out by a doctor. It may be the kind of injury that seems negligible at first but then grows progressively worse. It’s best to get it checked out and dealt with as soon as possible.

The next thing to keep in mind is that you need to call the police immediately after the accident. Don’t let the other driver talk you out of doing so. In some situations, you can get in trouble if you fail to do so.

What should you do after an accident?

There are a number of important things that you need to do after an accident with another vehicle. The first thing that you should do is seek medical attention. This should be the case even if you don’t think your injuries are major. You need to be sure that any personal injuries you have are fully documented by a physician. This will help when you file your claim.

The next thing you should do is try to get as much evidence of the crash as possible. Take photos or videos of the accident scene and both vehicles. Exchange insurance info with the driver of the other vehicle, and try to get statements from witnesses, police and emergency medical personnel. Evidence like this can support your claim for compensation from the insurance company.