If you’re involved in a car accident, whether or not it was your fault or if you are directly involved in the crash, there are steps you need to take in order to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and the people around you. Everyone’s read those “things to do when you have a car accident” style articles that have more than prepared us for the eventuality of a crash. But what about the things we should avoid?


There are plenty of things that we all instinctively do during an accident that leads us into deeper trouble or harm our chances of making a successful insurance claim, but what are those things? Below is a couple of things you should avoid doing when involved in a crash, but if you want further information on how to overcome the stressful period that follows after an incident, new details can be found here that will give you the help you need.

Don’t leave the scene of the crash

 

This is at the top because it’s also the most important point to remember. If you are leaving the scene of the crash then you’re going to be in a lot of trouble. Even if the damage is minor and no one is injured, the incident has to be recorded and the last thing you should do is drive away.

 

Regardless of the condition of the cars or people involved in a crash, it has to be reported to the local authorities and you need to exchange information. If someone actually is injured and you drive away, then depending on where you live, your crime could be elevated from a misdemeanour offence to a felony. As someone involved in the crash, you need to provide car for those involved and also transport people if necessary.

 

Don’t throw a tantrum

 

Being involved in a crash isn’t pleasant and no one wants to be in that situation. It’s even worse when the accident wasn’t your fault, and you might be tempted to get mad and start screaming at other people. Sadly, no matter how unpleasant the situation, you have to remain calm so that you can act accordingly, deal with the situation properly and ensure that everyone, even the buffoon that crashed into you, is safe.

 

When you have to speak to the other driver, don’t open up with insults or jokes. Be serious, take care of them if they are injured, and don’t start yelling if they scream at you. Be the better person and understand that you’re both in a bad situation and someone needs to keep their cool.

Don’t admit it’s your fault

 

Unless you want to be legally liable for the accident and expose yourself to a lawsuit, you never want to admit that the accident is your fault. Keep your head screwed on tight and let the judge decide if it’s your fault. Most car accidents typically don’t end up as a lawsuit and instead, it’s only the insurance companies you have to speak to.

 

Unfortunately, if you openly admit it’s your fault, then you could be liable to go to court and you might even be fined or lose your driving license.

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Some drivers think they’ll never find themselves in a situation like this. In their minds, they’re competent drivers, and they wouldn’t be so error-prone. But, there’s so much more to it than that. You might have a crash because of the actions of someone else. You could have a crash because of a distraction. You might even have a crash because you’re having a bad day. It could happen.

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And for some, it already has. In the immediate moments following a crash, it’s not always easy to know what to do. Your mind is racing, your body is aching, and you might find yourself in a state of shock. Wherever possible, it’s crucial to obtain the evidence you need.

Let’s look at why you need that evidence in the first place. It’s easier to start by putting a scenario in your mind. You’re driving down the road without a care in the world. Suddenly, someone speeds around the corner at a pace they can’t handle. They swerve and end up clipping the front of your car, sending you spinning. You get out to confront them, and they spout off about your reckless actions. Wait…this is their fault! Why are you getting the blame?!

It isn’t fair, but it happens all too regularly. In a case like this, they’re going to try and put the blame on you for their lawsuit or insurance claim. It’s up to you to gather as much evidence as you can to backup your statement. Then, you can take it to your insurers or look to companies like Harrington Law Group auto accident attorney to fight your case.


So, what you can do from an evidence perspective? Firstly, get a police officer to the scene. They can create a report including any evidence they can find while they’re there. You can take matters into your own hands by taking pictures. Make sure you write down everything at the scene so you can remember it later, too. Gather the details of the person who caused the crash — they’ll want yours as well. Also, medical bills should be documented as time goes on, perhaps through a journal or diary.

You might even find that more advanced sources of evidence are available on your part. If you’ve prepared ahead of time, a dashboard camera is a fantastic way of documenting proof. Check your camera to see if it picked up any crucial details. What about red light cameras? They might have captured the other person’s reckless driving, bolstering your case. Any 9-1-1 calls that were made directly after the crash can also be used as evidence in some cases.

 

If you haven’t got the necessary proof, it’s your word against theirs. This is where things get complicated, and you’ll need some excellent backing in order to come away with a victory. Both insurers and accident attorneys benefit from as much proof as possible to help you.

 

However, as important as evidence is, don’t lose sight of the fact that medical assistance takes precedence. Even in the case of minor injuries, you must get checked out. First and foremost, your health takes precedence. Don’t forget that.

That moment when you realise you’ve suffered a terrifying car accident is unforgettable. There will be an explosion of noise followed by a hollow silence and steaming cars. The last thing on your mind will be gathering information. You’ll be concerned for your safety and those of your passengers. You might be enraged at the crazy driver who smashed into you! It’s really important that you keep these emotions in check and take stock of what has happened.

If you’ve been part of a car crash, there may be compensation available to you. When you speak to a lawyer specializing in car accidents, they will ask you about every detail. This is why it’s so important to write everything down. The more you can document at the scene, the better your chances of recuperation. So, here’s a complete list of everything you should write down.

1.The vehicles involved – First of all take down the make and model of all the cars involved. It’s worth noting the colour and any particular identity features too. Collect the registration number while you’re there.

2. Personal details. – Although there may be a little chaos and confusion, make sure you get everyone’s personal details. Take down the names of the driver and any passengers in the cars involved. Take down their contact details and address. Finally, ask the driver for their insurance supplier and details, especially if it was their fault.

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  1. Damage to the vehicle – To ensure that nothing is manipulated later on, write down any immediate damage to the vehicles. If possible, take photos of the surface damage. This will be valuable evidence if needed later on.
  1. Witnesses – If anyone else was present at the scene, take down their name and contact information. If possible, get a quick statement from them about what they saw. Although they’re not always reliable, good witnesses are good to have.
  1. The collision itself – Write down as many details about the actual collision as possible. What speed were you doing? Where did the other car come from? An even better tactic is to sketch your version of events while they’re fresh in your mind. Again, take photos of any skid marks and the final position of the cars involved.
  1. Conditions – Make a note of any adverse weather conditions, but any extra information here is useful. Times, location and any other road conditions could be invaluable.
  1. Injuries – Injuries can often be exaggerated for personal claims later on. With that in mind, it’s really important to note any immediate injuries as soon as possible. That means to yourself, your passengers and those in other vehicles.
  1. Police offers’ information – The first people on the scene will be the police officers. Take the time to get their names and precinct information. It could be useful at a later date to confirm information.

We know that it’s a difficult and traumatic time for anyone. However, do take the time to collect as much information as possible. When it comes to claims, insurance and compensation later on, you’ll be pleased you did!

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It’s been a while since we posted a dash-cam video because most of them are the same, involving inexperienced or drunk drivers crashing their cars. However, this one is quite peculiar as we don’t understand why the woman driving a Hyundai Getz didn’t stop her car when she saw there was a vehicle up ahead. She wasn’t wearing the seatbelt at the moment of impact so the collision caused her to hit the windscreen.

Luckily, the impact wasn’t that brutal so she escaped without any injuries. Chances are the accident occurred due to an unintended acceleration issue.

There thousands of road rage clips uploaded on YouTube but none of them are a match for what you are about to see. Captured by the cameras installed on a public road in China, we see the previous generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class crashing into a BMW Z4. What’s interesting is that the man in the S-Class is the father of the teenager driving the Z4. If you’ll jump to the 0:23 mark you will see the S-Class performing an almost perfect T-bone on the BMW Z4 Coupe. Seconds later, the driver of the Z4 gets out of the car and starts running, while his father begins chasing him. Both of them were apprehended by the cops and will be facing some serious jail time.

The driver of this second-gen Renault Megane sedan was most likely in a hurry as he ran a red light and collided with a Lada which was minding its own business. As you will see from the clip, both vehicles started to drift away towards the side of the road and almost hit two girls who were crossing the road.

Luckily for those two very attentive girls, they saw the incoming cars in time and managed to evade an imminent impact which probably would have caused some serious injuries.

In this video we find out once again why it is so important to keep our eyes on the road all the time and pay attention to what’s up ahead. Avoiding distractions is one of the biggest priorities when it comes to driving but the man driving the car in the clip probably wasn’t aware of this thing. His dashboard-mounted camera shows us the car exiting the highway at a higher than recommended speed which causes the vehicle to understeer during the second turn.

The result? He hits the inner side of the barrier which sends the car to the outer side, with the automobile flipping over in the end.

Here is something that you don’t get to see that often. The driver of a car causes two accidents within a minute. The video gets interesting at the 18-second mark when a black sedan rear-ends a commercial truck and then the driver that caused the accident starts running away on the opposite lane where it eventually ends hitting yet another car.

We don’t really know how this happened but maybe the car was stolen or the driver was extremely drunk. It’s funny to watch for us but we’re sure it wasn’t for the drivers of those two cars damaged in the accidents.

This has to be one of the luckiest drivers we have ever seen. The following incident occurred in Russia and was captured by a dashboard-mounted camera from a car that was going too fast for that wet road. The driver of that vehicle entered the turn a bit faster than he should have and because of the wet road he lost traction and started spinning on the road like as if he was in a tango contest.

He eventually stopped without damaging the car or other participants in traffic but he was literally inches away from hitting two cars and a truck.

Here is how it all happened, from the perspective of the lucky driver who went home without even a small scratch.

The following half funny half scary incident occurred in Russia (where else?) and it was once again recorded by a dashboard camera mounted. We see the amateur driver of what seems to be a Chinese Lifan hatchback signaling right to make a turn but he/she doesn’t see that a fifth-gen Volkswagen Golf was coming on the first lane.

As a result, the two cars collide and the Golf hits the bump on the side of the road and then ends up with the wheels up in the sky. What’s funny is that the driver of the Golf was also a beginner. Let’s just hope that both drivers escaped without any serious injuries.