You drive to work every day, taking the same route each time. It gets easy to go on auto-pilot mentally and assume that because your commutes have been uneventful, they’ll always be that way.
Then, it hits you. Or, more accurately, another vehicle hits you. Suddenly, your entire mindset has shifted and you’ve gone from even-tempered to stressed-out, confused and possibly even traumatized. If you’re physically hurt, that adds a whole other dimension of problems.
Don’t Forget This Important Step After Getting Into an Auto Accident
You’ve been told the fundamentals of what to do after getting into a car accident for years. Pull over to the side of the road, exchange insurance and other documentation, take pictures of the damage and call the police to file a report if necessary. But these are only a few of the classic steps of what to do after you get into an auto accident.
There’s another thing to keep in mind that many people forget about in the moments following an accident: keeping your composure. For some people, this is much easier said than done, especially because you can’t always be prepared for how overwhelming the circumstance can feel.
A vehicle accident is a jarring event that often leaves both parties in heightened states of emotion. It can be easy to lose your cool and get angry at the other person. The problem is that your words and actions can have legal and financial ramifications.
If you’re angry and confrontational as you approach the situation, it can reflect poorly on you when it comes to police reports and insurance claims. Often, the person who remains calm and rational after an accident and is easier to deal with will be judged more favorably in the situation.
Just like with crimes, the way you behave and the words you use can be used against you when filing insurance claims. If you want the best outcome for your situation, don’t give the police or insurance companies a reason to think you’re the person who’s at fault in the accident.
Stay calm and cooperate. You’ll thank yourself later!
Contact Our Auto Accident Attorneys Today for a Consultation
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident and are struggling to get compensation from an insurance company, we can help. The experienced attorneys at The Fell Law Firm will help fight to make sure you get the money you deserve. Call 972-450-1418 or send us a message online to schedule your consultation.