After the Accident, Part 3: Cooperation

by Joe Ferguson on July 25, 2013

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Sometimes a short drive to work or the store can turn into an all day ordeal. Getting in a car accident isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time but there are some things you can do to make this unfortunate incident go by more smoothly. This is the final installment in a 3-part Used Car Values series about what do after you’ve been in an accident.

We’ve compiled some quick tips to help you determine what your next steps should be after a car accident. You love your car, but as long as you’re able to walk away from an accident, count yourself lucky. Besides, you can always scrap the vehicle at a local junk car buyer and use the money on your next ride.

In our last blog, we talked about after-the-crash etiquette such as staying out of the way of emergency personnel and ensuring the safety of other people involved in the accident. Today, we’ll discuss another important aspect of what do to in the unfortunate event of a car crash – cooperation.

Emergency Workers: The men and women who respond to terrible occurrences like auto accidents or house fires are there for the sole purpose of helping the injured and traumatized. Resisting their aid or refusing to cooperate with treatment isn’t just rude, it’s a horrible idea.

Just because you’re up and walking doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong with you. These people are specifically trained to find injuries that aren’t easy to see on the surface. Be cooperative with emergency workers and they may end up saving your life.

Police: The police are there to file a report that can either hurt or help you in the court of law. It’s not up to them to toss the other driver in the clink for you (unless the accident was a result of another driver’s negligent behavior such as drunk driving) or to declare a verdict right there at the scene of the crash.

Cooperate with the officers onsite, and fill them in with all the necessary information. Their report could be the very thing that helps prove your innocence in any litigation that may result from the accident. The more open you are to working with the police, the quicker the interview and investigation process will go.

Once again, the most important thing to preserve after an accident is you and your loved ones. Don’t waste time fretting over the fate of a damaged automobile – hopefully all people involved are insured. If you can’t stand your ride after an accident, sell your car for cash and use the money to start fresh with a pristine, untainted vehicle.

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