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What to Do—and What Not to Do—When You Get Into an Accident

car-accidentGetting into an auto accident can be a frightening and stressful occurrence.  In the heat of the moment it is very easy to allow some crucial information to get away, or to forget to write down something that you will need later on.  Here are some things that you should and should not do when you are in an accident.

DO:  Move your car out of traffic if it is positioned in such a way as to be a danger to yourself and to others.  On the other hand, if the positioning of the car is not impeding the flow of traffic and is not creating a dangerous situation, you should leave it where it is in order to assist the authorities in their investigation.

DO NOT: Get out of your car and run through traffic on a busy roadway.  Things are already bad; you don’t have to get yourself hurt or even killed by taking unnecessary risks.  If there is heavy traffic and you are unable to safely exit your vehicle, just stay put until the authorities get there.

DO:  Take as many photos and videos of the scene as you can.  They can be very useful later on, especially if you end up in court, arguing over who was at fault or what kind of conditions were present at the time of the accident.   

DO NOT:  Admit that you are at fault.  Ever.  No matter how much you might think you were at fault, admitting it will not help you and can even hurt you down the line.  This is not to say that you should argue with the other drivers; just don’t admit fault.  If they insist on getting you to admit the accident was your fault, politely tell them that you are sorry that the accident happened, but you are going to leave a determination of fault up to the authorities.

DO:  Get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.  They may be crucial to your case later on down the road. 

DO:  Contact a reputable auto body shop for help getting your car in shape and back on the road again.  At Canyon City Auto Body, we have the experience and ability to make the repairs you need.  Come see us today and let’s get you back on the road again!

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