Regardless of how long ago you received your driver’s license, one can never be too prepared for collisions. If you ever find yourself in a car accident in Delaware, one of the first things you should do is stay calm. Though you might feel like panicking and rushing into immediate action, acting in haste could put you and your passengers in further danger.
There is always the possibility of harm from other motorists. Even if you follow all the rules of the road and drive defensively, you cannot predict when something might happen that results in an accident. Take some time to review the following pointers on things to avoid in the aftermath of car accidents.
1. Becoming irate
Car accidents cause a lot of confusion and chaos. It can be very easy for you to act and say things you might not mean or are aware of. Regardless of who is at fault, keep calm and relax. The more level-headed you are, the easier it will be for you to handle things.
2. Saying no to medical attention
Injuries are not always evident after motor vehicle collisions occur. Signs of physical and mental trauma can show up several hours and days later. You may feel normal and ready to move on from the incident, but having yourself evaluated by a medical professional before you leave the scene is highly advisable to rule out internal, delayed and non-apparent injuries, like hemorrhaging, brain injuries, etc., and provide immediate treatment.
3. Taking the blame
One of the most important pieces of information insurance companies and law enforcement need is the identity of the person responsible for the incident. Even if you believe you were in the wrong, you should never admit fault to the police, the other driver or anyone else at the scene. The insurance company may want to speak with you about your claim and for details regarding the accident. If you have an attorney, direct your insurer to contact her or him. This can keep you from falling prey to tactics insurance companies use to discredit claims and reduce and avoid paying out.