On the afternoon of November 18, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision. While one person ended up going to the hospital to be treated for injuries, the driver of the other vehicle fled the scene. The driver of that vehicle later crashed into a utility pole and, along with a passenger, fled that scene as well. If you are involved in a car accident, whether it is your fault or not, there are certain things you do not want to do.
Flee the Scene
While a car accident can be a scary experience, fleeing the scene will likely lead to more problems. Whether you caused the accident or not, leaving the scene can be labeled as a hit-and-run. Stay calm, and stay at the scene of the crash. Even if it is a minor accident, it is best to stay at the scene at least until the police have arrived to record an accident report. That way there is a written report of the accident, and the other person cannot later claim the accident happened differently. This provides protection for all parties involved.
Assume Your Injuries are Minor
No matter how minor your injuries might seem at the time, it is best to have them checked by a medical professional. Minor injuries may start hurting worse the next day or even a few days later. It is especially important to not assume a head, neck, or spinal injury is minor. At the very least, if you do not have your injuries checked out that day, be sure to visit a medical professional if your injuries start to bother you more later.
Fail to Exchange Information
The other person may want to avoid exchanging information, particularly if they are at fault. Even if there are only minor injuries or minimal damage to vehicles, make sure you exchange insurance information as well as at least get the other person’s name and contact information.
Assume You Can Handle it on Your Own
While a minor fender-bender involving minimal damage to the vehicles and little to no injuries will likely not require the help of a personal injury attorney, do not assume the insurance companies will properly compensate you if your injuries are more substantial.