You might be the safest driver in the world, or who has ever existed. You might eat and breathe safe driving. The fact is, though, that no matter how much a premium you put on safety, there will probably be a time in your life when you get in an accident. It might not be your fault in any way, but the longer you drive, the more likely it becomes. That is why it is always good to be prepared for the eventuality. Here are some tips for what to do after you get in an accident in Minnesota.
Keep Thinking About Safety
Even though the accident has already happened, that does not mean that another cannot happen right after. If possible, move your car off to the side, out of the way of traffic as best as possible. Then, turn your vehicle off to eliminate the engine as a fire risk. Your flashers will help passing motorists avoid your car. Then, check on everyone involved to see if they are hurt. Perform first aid if you are able to and the situation warrants it.
Call For Help
For more serious accidents with serious injuries, call 911 as soon as you can. If the other driver tries to convince you not to call the authorities, do so anyway. When the police officer gets there, answer their questions as well as you can and with as much detail as possible. Even if you answer questions for a police report, that does not take the place of an accident report, which must be filed within 10 days.
Do Not Assign Fault
Avoid making a statement on who you think is at fault while at the scene. Especially do not admit your own guilt. Even if you are wrong, such a statement could be detrimental to your case later on.
Get Help From Professionals
Even if you do not need to go to the hospital, make sure to get a doctor to examine you not long after the accident. Plus, you should consult an attorney to help with a complicated insurance claim, or in case you would like to file a lawsuit. You would also need an attorney to defend you against any lawsuits that may be coming your way.