A car accident, even a minor fender bender in a parking lot, is a stressful time for everyone. Even when things go as well as they possibly good, there is a great deal of stress involved, starting with the initial shock of hearing metal crunching and glass breaking and building all the way up into the complexities of getting around while one’s vehicle is being repaired. For those who have been in an accident, there are often questions that one rarely has time to really answer with a clear head. Still, there are a number of things one should never do after a car accident. What not to do after an accident is a list that drivers shoulder memorize.
The first thing to do is to never drive away from the scene of even a small fender bender. Keeping a cool head and knowing that nothing terrible will happen if one simply talks to another driver is important. Most drivers are willing to keep their heads on straight even if their vehicle takes the worst of the incident. Leaving the scene without speaking to the other driver is an easy way to rack up a massive repair bill since few insurance companies will cover collisions with so many unknown factors. In a similar vein to not leaving the scene of the accident, one should absolutely stay calm and non-violent when speaking to another driver after a collision. Unless someone in your vehicle has been injured by the collision, your first priority should be put yourself in a mellow state of mind and speak civilly to the other driver and exchange insurance information rather than losing your temper.
However, in a similar vein, one should not openly profess to be the responsible party in a collision. This makes insurance companies very unhappy and unhappy insurance companies rarely pay much for repairs even on their most generous policies with their most responsible customers. While you should not openly deny it’s your fault, claiming that it is your fault is almost as bad for your wallet when it comes to getting your insurance company to pay for repairs. This can be hard for some people, but sometimes it’s better to quietly accept the blame on a moral level, but otherwise say nothing unless one has been grossly negligent, such as driving intoxicated or going out of your way to cause a collision in an incident of road rage.
Finally, unless the speed of the collision was parking lot speeds, one should never really assume they walked out of a collision uninjured even if they feel perfectly fine. The shake-ups that can happen to the human muscles and skeleton in a serious collision can go unnoticed for days until the injured person makes a single bad movement and all the damage from the collision comes into effect. Because these stealthy injuries can be crippling in terms of pain, one should always get themselves checked out by a physician after a high-speed collision rather than assuming they were uninjured.