What Not to Do After a Car Accident

14 December 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog


Car accidents – they are a very unfortunate part of life for people on the road all over Australia. For some drivers, they can be completely unavoidable – just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, in other situations, where inattentiveness or speeding is involved, issues may arise. Regardless of the cause, it will be essential to file motor vehicle accident claims to recoup the damages that occurred.

Prior to filing a claim, it is essential to figure out what to do, and not to do, to protect you, your money and your good name.

Admitting Fault

One of the first things you should never do in regard to a vehicle accident is admit that you are at fault. Even though you may know that it was your actions that resulted in the accident, it is important to leave the final decision to the insurer. While you should not come out and automatically admit that you are at fault, it is also just as important not to lie when filling out the police report or talking to the insurance provider. This may result in more serious issues than the actual accident itself.

Moving the Vehicle

If you are able to move your vehicle to the side of the road, it is important to do so. It is never a good idea to leave the car in the middle of the road if this is able to be avoided. This will result in traffic being backed up and may also cause additional accidents. However, if it is not safe for you to move the vehicle, then don't, but be sure to turn on the hazard lights so other people will be able to easily see it.

Tow Trucks

While you may need a tow truck, if one just appears at the scene of the accident and you are not comfortable with it, you don't have to use it. You can always ask the police at the scene to recommend an operator to move your vehicle.

Find a Quality Shop

Finding a quality auto repair shop is also essential. You cannot trust your vehicle to just anyone, so be sure to research the shops in the area to find the one that is best for your needs.

Taking the time to use the tips here will minimize the issues that you have after an accident. It will also ensure you receive the money needed if necessary.