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Three things not to do in the event of a car accident
Unless you experience a statistical anomaly in your lifetime, chances are you'll be involved in a car crash at some point or another. Whether or not you're at fault, there are some proper procedures you need to follow in the aftermath of the accident. Here are some car travel tips and car safety tips on what not to do in the event of a collision.
Move without thinking
According to Progressive, you should survey the scene of the accident before you make a decision to move your vehicle. If it's a minor collision without any injuries, many states allow you to pull your car over to the side of the road without penalty. However, in more severe instances where someone is hurt or a vehicle is disabled, you should wait for the police to arrive before making a move.
Whether you know you're at fault or only suspect it, it's best to keep your mouth shut when speaking with the other driver involved or the police. According to CNN, admitting guilt can have major legal and financial repercussions down the road. Instead, speak only in general terms about the accident with everyone else involved.
Forget to file a police report
If you are lucky enough to experience only a minor fender bender in which nobody is injured, the police may not come to the scene (unless they need to settle a dispute). In this event, don't forget to file a police report with the state, as this can help make settling insurance claims easier, according to Edmunds.