Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time, both in your everyday life and behind the wheel. How you react to the situation makes a huge difference in the outcome of the situation. This is especially the case since some people are out to earn a quick a buck and will do so no matter the expense to you.
1. Don’t Leave the Scene
You should never leave the scene with just a verbal agreement not to proceed with an insurance company. While it’s fine to agree that the accident was no big deal and that no claims are going to be made to an insurance company, you can’t be sure the other driver is actually going to follow through with this agreement. Your insurance company requires you to report all accidents anyways. It won’t hurt you in the long run to report it, but it could if you don’t report it. You can let the insurance company know there wasn’t any damage or that you’re paying out of pocket.
A picture is really worth a thousand words, especially when it’s one of the best ways to prove who’s at fault when compared to drivers verbally recalling the incident. Take pictures of the damage done to both vehicles. Snap pictures of the person’s driver’s license and insurance information if available. If there were witnesses at the scene, it doesn’t hurt to click a pic of their information. Get snapshots of everyone involved in the accident and the license plate of the driver.
3. Get a Cop Involved
A cop can’t force you to proceed with the insurance claim. He can report who’s at fault and be a reliable witness if the accident turns into a lawsuit or even a large insurance claim. He can even let the insurance company know the status of the other driver, so you don’t wind up getting a lawsuit for fraudulent medical issues. Keep in mind, no matter how you agree to pay for the damages, a cop must be called if the damages are estimated to exceed $1,000.
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