Car accidents can be frustrating. And it’s even more stressful if you are the one at fault. It can be due to a variety of reasons. You can be having a bad day, you’re running late for work, or your just plain distracted. Then suddenly, you hit the car right in front of you. What do you do?

Don’t leave the scene. Try to remain calm. It is not the time to get angry or get into an argument with the other driver. Take a deep breath and check if you have injuries. If you can move and you have no serious injuries, check if others have been injured. Ask them about it then call for medical help and call the police.

While waiting for the police, remember to be respectful but do not admit that you were at fault. Let the police determine that. Watch what you say to the other driver. Don’t say anything that can be interpreted as an admission of fault. Don’t say “sorry” or “I didn’t see you”. Wait for authorities to arrive.

Exchange contact details, driver’s license number, and insurance information with the other driver. Be polite. Cooperate with the other driver and with the police who comes to the scene. It would also be best if you take photos of the accident, the damages, and even the surrounding area.

And before reporting it to your insurance company, consult a car accident lawyer. Having a car accident lawyer immediately after an accident ensures that someone will guide you through the process. You will have an expert to represent you in dealing with your insurance company and with the other driver involved.

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