After a car accident, your mind is racing, tensions are high and things might get out of hand. You must remain calm and assess the damage before reacting.
Although you may know what you should do after a car accident, there are also some things you should not do.
Leave the scene
In Kentucky, as with most states, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. It is against the law. You should remain there until the authorities say it is okay to leave.
Do not admit any form of fault. It might be your natural reaction to apologize or say you were wrong, do not do it. Since the courts can assign partial fault, admitting anything can reduce your recovery.
Say you are fine
Injuries can show up days or weeks after an accident. Saying you are fine or not injured is a mistake. You should see a medical professional to ensure that there are no lasting or subtle injuries.
Post on social media
The general rule in car accidents and many other situations is not to discuss it on social media or any other forum. Insurance companies can use your social media or other discussions as evidence.
Make a recorded statement
This is especially true if the statement is to an insurance company. You can say the wrong thing accidentally and ruin your chances at a fair settlement.
By knowing what not to do after an accident, you can avoid many pitfalls that can happen if you need to recover damages later on.