Driving and Thanksgiving

Every year the Administration of Brigham Young University puts a significantly damaged car on the campus just before Thanksgiving. The reason they do this is to remind students, who like other major universities have students from all around the country, that car accidents seem to be a by-product of having a flood of people commuting on major highways.

As we move into the Thanksgiving holiday we would like put out our own beat up car and offer some tips that were reported by the Holland Sentinel Newspaper on how best to handle yourself should the unfortunate take place and you get into a car accident.

– Stay at the scene. If you leave the scene of an accident, you could face serious criminal penalties as a hit-and-run driver.

– Check on all drivers and passengers to make sure that everyone else involved in the accident is OK.

– Call the police.

– Exchange information. Get the names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers and basic insurance information of the other drivers.

– Don’t apologize. You may back yourself into a corner in terms of legal liability for what happened.

– Talk to witnesses.

– Inform your insurance company.

– Take pictures.

– Do not talk to anyone about the accident other than your attorney, your insurance company and the police.

– Get the Medical Attention you need immediately. Waiting can aggravate injuries and cause them to become permanent.