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13 Dos and Don’ts After a Car Crash to Protect Your Rights

About 260,000 crashes occur each year in Victoria, Burnaby and throughout British Columbia. Working with an experienced accident attorney is the best way to make sure your rights are protected, but it’s also important to know the other dos – and don’ts – when an accident occurs. If you’re not sure what you should and shouldn’t do following an accident, here’s a quick review. First, take a moment to collect yourself so you can stay calm and avoid panicking or losing your cool after a car crash.

  • Turn on your hazard lights and exit the vehicle if you can. Be aware of traffic around you so you don’t endanger yourself by exiting into a stream of oncoming cars.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is OK. Call 911 immediately to report the accident to the police and request emergency medical aid, if needed.
  • If your vehicle is in a heavily trafficked area, move yourself and your passengers to a safe area nearby so you won’t be struck.
  • Exchange information with the other driver involved in the accident, including name, address, phone number and driver’s license number. Also, take down the name of their insurance company and the policy information from their insurance card.
  • If there are witnesses at the scene, ask for their names and contact information as well.
  • If you can do so without being injured by oncoming traffic, take photos of the accident scene, including the road conditions and any damage to the vehicles.
  • Call an experienced personal-injury law firm to protect yourself and your family moving forward. Becker Lavin and Wessler will always take your phonecall and assist you with every step in the process.

Just as there’s a list of “dos” following an accident, there is also a list of “don’ts”:

  • If someone is injured, don’t try to move them. Wait for emergency help to arrive.
  • Do not leave the scene – wait for the police to arrive.
  • Don’t apologize. Although it may seem like a natural reaction, apologizing can be interpreted as admitting fault. Instead, just be calm and polite.
  • Don’t sign any documents. Signing documents can mean you’re limiting or even entirely giving up your right to be compensated for your damages or injuries.
  • Do not accept an offer of direct payment from the other driver and always call the police. Either of these missteps can leave you open to fraud or other issues, and depending on the extent of the accident, direct payment from the other driver without calling your insurance agent or getting an estimate of damages can leave you with significant bills in the end.
  • Finally, don’t take on the repairs yourself. Your insurance agent can help you find a reputable repair facility that guarantees its work so you have additional peace of mind.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, truck accident or other motor-vehicle accident, having an accident lawyer involved right from the very beginning is the best way to make sure your rights are fully protected and you receive the compensation you need and deserve. To learn more about your rights following an accident, call at 604-689-3883 or send us an email at info@BLWlawyers.com today.

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