Car accidents are all too common. There are certain steps you should take after an accident in order to ensure everyone is properly taken care of. However, there are also things you should never do, under any circumstances, immediately following an auto accident.
Even if the collision does not seem too severe and even if you are fine, you still need to pull over and check on the other party. Someone in the other car may be hurt or significant damage may have occurred to the other vehicle. Pull over to the side of the road and check on everyone involved in the accident.
Car accidents can be emotional and sometimes traumatizing, but you should never lose your cool. Never yell at the other party, and let them know you are as concerned and startled as they are. Conversely, do not admit it was your fault, as this will hurt you if you end up in court because you are admitting guilt.
Even if the injuries or damages do not seem too severe, you still should file a police report. It's possible the other party may not actually have insurance, and a police report is the best way to make sure the accident gets reported and documented. Otherwise, there is no proof the accident even happened.
By taking the proper actions after an auto accident, you will be more likely to get through this time more efficiently. It can even be beneficial to hire a Dallas or Fort Worth accident attorney if you believe you were injured or sustained significant damages and need to go to court.