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The Basic Dos and Don’ts When Involved In an Automobile Accident

It is reported that over 1.25 million people die each year as a result of automobile accidents which translates to an average of 3,287 deaths daily. Further, another 20 to 50 million people are left disabled or severely injured and incapacitated from these accidents. That said, it is normal for people to be confused and frustrated when they are involved in an automobile accident and sadly this is where the problem starts. How about you learn some dos and don’ts for your personal safety to avoid making very costly mistakes that may affect the outcome of your case. Keep reading to discover more about the dos and don’ts of an automobile accident to avoid making very costly mistakes that may affect your case should it go to trial.

It is important and highly recommended that the first course of action would be to call the police and inform them of the accident. If not for anything else, they will help you get the medical attention that you require and at the same time document the accident. The best thing about having the police on the scene of the accident is so they can record their observations and make notes and comments which may be beneficial should the case go to court.

Never leave the scene of the accident unless it is urgent medical attention, otherwise always wait for the police to show up. No doubt the charges of leaving the accident scene may be more severe even if the other person decides to leave the scene. It is important to protect the scene of the accident as much as you possibly can unless you are physically incapacitated to do so with injuries. Even better would be for you if you could take still images and a couple of short clips of the accident scene using your mobile phone. It is also advisable to have flares or flashers on, flashlights or headlights to ensure other road users are informed of the accident ahead lest they ram into the scene and cause more havoc.

The need to seek urgent medical attention whether or not there are bruises and physical injuries visible can never be overemphasized enough. Some internal injuries may not be felt right away so it is important to learn more about such things so you can be fully prepared. Your doctor should run thorough tests on you for soft tissue injuries and possible internal bleeding that may affect your system without your knowledge. Are their witnesses around the accident scene that are willing to share their contact details?