The moments directly following a car accident are often some of the scariest moments for Tennessee drivers. Even if you don’t suffer a serious injury during the accident, it’s common for people to deal with emotional and mental turmoil. There are some things that you should avoid doing after a car accident.
Don’t leave the scene of the accident
Even if it looks like everyone is OK and that no vehicles suffered major damage, you shouldn’t leave the scene of a car accident until the authorities advise you to do so. The punishment for leaving the scene of an accident varies based on several factors. If anyone gets injured and you leave the scene, you may be in danger of serious criminal charges.
Don’t get confrontational
Car accidents have the potential to bring out strong emotions in drivers and passengers. However, everyone should keep those emotions in check. Even if you believe the other driver was to blame for the accident, don’t approach them confrontationally.
Don’t downplay your injuries
Some people overreact in the moments following an accident, but others seem to take the opposite approach. Don’t downplay any injuries that you suffered during the accident. Even if you think you’re physically OK, go get checked out at a local hospital to make sure.
Not only is this a better option for your physical well-being, but it may also be financially beneficial. If you need medical treatment and someone else caused the accident, not having your injuries recorded by a medical professional could make it difficult for you to receive the compensation you’re entitled to.
Generally, the officer who responds to the scene of your accident will advise you about what you should do next. Knowing what you shouldn’t do can help you avoid making a costly mistake.