Never do these four things after a car accident

Your heart is pounding, hands are white-knuckling the wheel, and you realize you were in a car accident. Car accidents happen in a blink of an eye and they can leave you feeling stunned. Most people have gone over what to do after a car accident, but in a moment of heightened emotion it is easy to do some things you will regret later. Make sure to go over these points in order to be prepared if you ever find yourself in a car accident.

Never do the following things after a car accident:

1. Leave the scene

The number one thing you should never do after an accident is drive away. This might be obvious to most people, but leaving a scene can be the worst possible choice. Some people feel scared when they see the damage, notice no one else is looking, and then book it. If you leave the scene and the other driver catches your license plate number then you can get into major trouble. This is especially true in cases where someone could be hurt. Failing to provide aid after a hit and run can result in 10 years in prison in Texas. Don't risk it.

2. Lose your temper

When someone has ruined a major aspect of your livelihood it would be easy to blow up. Sometimes they might be at fault and have the nerve to start yelling at you. Do not engage them, yell back, stomp around, or lose your temper. They could report your behavior back to their attorney and it can paint you in a bad light. This can hurt your case if it looks like you cannot control yourself. Keep it cool.

3. Start apologizing or explaining

The top way to hurt your case is to start apologizing. Although it seems rude to avoid an apology, never say things like, "Sorry, I didn't see you." The same goes for explaining to the other person what happened such as, "I looked away for one second." Most people feel the urge to explain the situation from their side but comments like these can easily turn into admittance of fault.

4. Speak with the other driver's insurance company or lawyer

Often times a new number will pop up on your phone not long after an accident, asking for information about the incident. It could be the driver's insurance company or even their attorney. They will want to know details about what you were doing and what you saw. Typically this information will be twisted against you in court. Make sure to tell them to call your insurance company or your attorney instead.

It can be difficult to exhibit perfect behavior after a car accident. These are simply guidelines to help you achieve the best results when gaining back your lost damages. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the process in order to get the most out of your case.

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