Auto Bits: What to do if you're in an auto accident
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When a car accident happens, injuries may be severe and emotions may be high. However, there are important things to take care of - both at the scene of any accident and immediately afterward. Here are some tips from FindLaw.com for what you should do immediately after an automobile accident:
- Stay at the scene. If you leave the scene of an accident, you could face serious criminal penalties as a hit-and-run driver.
- Check on all drivers and passengers to make sure that everyone else involved in the accident is OK.
- Call the police.
- Exchange information. Get the names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers' license numbers, license plate numbers and basic insurance information of the other drivers.
- Don't apologize. You may back yourself into a corner in terms of legal liability for what happened.
- If you've been drinking, cooperate with police.
- Talk to witnesses.
- Inform your insurance company.
- Take pictures.
- Do not talk to anyone about the accident other than your attorney, your insurance company and the police.
For more information about what to do in the event of a motor vehicle accident, visit FindLaw.com.
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