They say that April showers bring May flowers, but another thing that April rains bring is auto accidents. With occasional heavy rains, it is important that you are vigilant as a driver. This is one of the most common times of the year for auto accidents. If you are in an auto accident, it is important to know the right steps to take to avoid true disaster.
Watch What You Say
Be very careful about what you say at the scene of an auto accident. Any admission of guilt, or any phrase that could be taken as guilt, could harm your case in the long run. For example, don’t tell someone you are sorry they were injured. If the accident was not your fault, you should never say the words, “I’m sorry.” This could be construed as an admission of guilt, even if you only mean it as sympathy.
Gather Information and Photos
At the scene of the accident, make sure you gather contact and identifying information for all parties involved in the accident. You should also get contact information for any witnesses. It is also important to get as many photos of the scene as possible, especially any environmental factors that may have contributed to the accident.
Contact an Attorney
One of the biggest mistakes that people make after an auto accident is trying to deal with the insurance companies themselves. It is a good idea to contact an attorney immediately, even before calling your car insurance company. Your attorney can handle the car insurance companies on your behalf and negotiate with them to get the most fair compensation possible. If the responsible party is uninsured, it is even more important that you hire an attorney to represent you.
If you have been in an auto accident in Myrtle Beach, contact us today for a free consultation. We will be happy to discuss your case and options.