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The Aftermath of a Car Accident

Car accidents can cause trauma and confusion. Getting involved in an accident due to a negligent driver can be quite frustrating. Still, in some scenarios, accidents can also be your fault. Do not handle the accident case on your own immediately after the car accident. You might not be in the right mind to take a call in such a situation. Any wrong step or decision will only ruin your chances of getting the fair compensation you deserve, and you might end up paying more than you get in return. Contact a Philadelphia car accident attorney for immediate assistance.

Things to avoid after a car accident:

Flee from the scene: You should never leave the scene of an accident without informing the police or 911. If you leave, you might turn the scene into a crime scene. The law states that if you are involved in a crash, you must immediately stop the vehicle regardless of your fault. You have to pull over to the side to avoid further accidents. 

Do not call 911: If in an accident, immediately call 911 to inform them about the same. Some people often neglect this, thinking that 911 is to be informed only if someone is hurt. 911 will dispatch the police to the location, investigating the accident and determining who is at fault. They will also gather fresh evidence and eyewitness statements at the accident scene. 

Forget to document the incident: Do not forget to document the whole scene after an accident. Click pictures of the accident scene and the damages done to both the cars. Record the license plate numbers and the date and time of the incident. Do not forget to record the names of all passengers and the other party’s insurance company and policy details. All this information will be crucial while filing a claim from the insurance company and evidence if you plan to file a lawsuit. 

Admit your mistake: Never admit fault for the accident at the scene or in a statement to the defendant’s insurance company. It will ruin your case and disadvantage your insurance company and the lawyer. Finding the culprit behind the incident is the work of the law enforcement agency and lawyers involved in the case. 

The consequences of a car accident can be confusing and frustrating. In such a case, hire a lawyer who will give an expert assessment of your case and lay a strong foundation for the case. It will help recover maximum compensation for you and your loved one.