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Things you should not do after a car accident

Being involved in a car accident in North Carolina can leave you shaken up and stressed out. You may not feel like yourself and a bit confused. It is important for you to understand what can happen after your accident so you can take the right steps to lessen the impact it has on your life. 

There are certain things you should not do after a motor vehicle wreck. If you take the wrong actions, you could end up making your situation worse and have your rights infringed upon. Here are some things you should avoid after being in a car accident

Losing your temper 

Your feelings may be all over the place after such a harrowing event, but you should try to remain calm and rational. Do not let your emotions get the best of you, or they could cause you to make choices that may come back and haunt you. 

Neglecting to contact law enforcement 

You may think you do not need to call 911, but it is imperative for you to do so. The police will document the accident and take statements from witnesses and everyone involved. Their report can help you avoid being held liable for a situation that isn't your fault, especially if someone was hurt or if property was damaged. 

Leaving the scene 

You may not feel your accident is serious enough for you to stay at the scene. You may also feel there is insufficient property damage and there is no need to contact the authorities or your insurer. You should not rely on your visual assessment to determine how minor or major your accident is. It is important for you to remain at the scene of the accident until law enforcement and medical personnel arrive. If you do not and there are injuries or a fatality, you could face criminal charges. 

Accepting responsibility 

Regardless of who is at fault for your car accident, you should not say anything to law enforcement, your insurer or anyone else who places liability on you. If you do and it later comes out that someone else is at fault, you could run into complications with your situation and may be held responsible for any claims any other involved parties file. 

Not documenting the facts 

After you have given a statement to law enforcement and they have collected their own evidence of the accident, gather your own evidence for your records. Take pictures from every angle of all vehicles and damage. If there are witnesses, get their names and contact information. You should also take pictures of the other driver's license and insurance information. 

Because the aftermath of some car accidents can be difficult to navigate, you may want to work with an attorney to protect your rights and interests. A legal professional can devote more of her or his time to your situation so you can focus on recovering and getting back to your normal routine.

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