What Should You Do (And Not Do) After a Car Accident?

After being involved in a car accident, it is important to take certain steps in order to protect your rights and interests. 

First, if you are able, move your vehicle out of the flow of traffic to avoid any further accidents. It is also important to turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers of the accident.

Next, you should check yourself and any passengers for injuries and call 911 if anyone needs medical attention.

Once the police arrive, they will fill out the accident report. If the accident happens in OH, you can later easily search for the OSHP accident report online by entering some of the collision’s basic information. Be sure to get the officer’s name and badge number and any witnesses’ contact information. It is also important to exchange insurance information with the other drivers involved in the accident.

Be sure to get their name, address, phone number, insurance company name, and policy number. If there is any damage to either vehicle, it is essential to take photographs before getting any of the vehicles towed or repaired. Lastly, it is important not to discuss fault for the accident with anyone other than your insurance company or an attorney.

By taking these steps after a car accident, you can help ensure that your rights are protected.

What Should You Not Do in a Car Accident?

No one ever wants to be in a car accident. But if you are, there are certain things you should NOT do. 

  1. Don’t leave the scene of the accident, no matter how minor it may seem. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in most states. 
  2. Don’t admit fault or apologize for anything at the scene of the accident. Even if you think you might be at fault, it’s best to wait until all the facts are known before admitting anything. Apologizing can also be seen as an admission of guilt. 
  3. Don’t get angry or argue with the other driver, no matter how upset you might be about what happened. Getting angry will only make the situation worse and could lead to violence. Arguing with the other driver could also delay getting medical help for anyone who might be injured. 
  4. Don’t forget to exchange information with the other driver, including your name, address, phone number, insurance company and policy number.

What to Do After a Car Accident Not Your Fault?

After a car accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to take some time to assess the situation and make sure everyone is safe. So, what to do in a hit and run parked car situation or any car accident situation? There are a few key things you need to do: 


  1. Get the contact information of any witnesses. This will be helpful in proving that the accident wasn’t your fault. 
  2. Take pictures of the damage to both vehicles. This will again be helpful in proving what happened and who was at fault.
  3. Call your insurance company and let them know what happened. They will likely start an investigation and may even send an adjuster to look at the damages. 
  4. Keep track of any medical appointments or treatment you have as a result of the accident, as well as any lost wages if you’re unable to work because of your injuries.

This will all be important information for your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit if necessary.