Let's face it, car accidents can be jarring experiences. No one really gets into a taxi or Uber and actually expects to be in an accident. However, there are countless crashes in the tri-state area every day. While a large number may not involve serious injuries, it is not uncommon for tempers to flare after a fender bender.
Yes, accidents may bring out the worst in people and spark an instance of road rage. Some may feel a sense of guilt over what just occurred even though it may not be their fault. Regardless of the range of emotions that may be experienced, it is essential to avoid actions that may harm your legal position before you can seek a legal remedy.
With that, this post will highlight some important things that you should NOT do after a car crash.
Leave the scene - As we alluded to earlier, there may be a temptation to leave the scene because of how scary a crash may be or a flash of guilt may compel the urge to bolt. However, leaving the scene of an accident may lead to criminal charges. Additionally, fleeing the scene will not play well to a jury should a civil suit arise. Because of this, staying at the scene until the police arrive is a better choice.
Provide false information - Trying to avoid trouble by providing false or misleading information will actually do the opposite. Like leaving the scene of an accident, providing false information about yourself may lead to criminal charges.
Admit guilt - Expressing empathy for what happened is a natural human reaction. However, this can be misconstrued (especially by a party seeking to shift blame) for admitting guilt.
Threaten the other driver - Just as expressing empathy is a natural reaction, so is a flash of anger towards an irresponsible driver. As angry as you may be, it is not a good idea to threaten or physically assault the other driver. However, parents of small children injured in a crash may get a pass.
If you have additional questions about what NOT to do at the scene of an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.
The preceding is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice.