Car accidents can be traumatizing that you may want to leave the scene immediately. However, if possible, it will help to calm down and follow the right steps, including taking photos, exchanging vehicle and personal information with the other driver and calling the police.
Leaving the scene before the police arrive is a mistake that can lead to unwanted results. Here is why you should never leave.
1. It’s illegal
In Indiana, leaving an accident scene can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the consequences. For instance, if someone was seriously injured or died, one can face a felony charge. The other driver may have caused the accident, but leaving may incriminate you.
2. You need to give your side of the story
When the police arrive, they will ask the involved parties to explain the incident. If you leave, the other driver will give their side, which may put you at fault. Thus, you should stay to give your side of the story.
3. You’d lose the chance to gather evidence
Accidents scenes change quickly. If you leave and come back later to take photos, things may have changed. Staying at the scene gives you a better chance of collecting solid evidence. You can take photos of the vehicles and the spot. In addition, you should take the contact information of eyewitnesses. These witnesses may not be around when you return. Strong evidence is key to getting the compensation you deserve.
4. It’s unsafe
When you are involved in an accident and are injured, you may not know the degree of the injury. Thus, driving yourself to the hospital may be dangerous. You should call an ambulance and wait for it at the scene.
If you are injured in a car accident, it will be best to get experienced legal guidance to avoid costly mistakes.