In West Virginia, you do not have to report an auto accident to the state’s Department of Transport. However, you must report the incident to the police if the collision resulted in injury or death or the crash caused over $500 in damage.
There are many steps you need to take care of in the day following a car accident, such as getting in touch with your insurance agency. In contrast, there are plenty of things you do not want to do. Many people make the following mistakes, and a simple error in judgment could cost you dearly if this incident goes to court.
1. Leave the scene
When in an accident, you always want to pull off to the side of the road, if you can, and exchange pertinent information, such as insurance materials and phone numbers. Even if you do not think the accident caused over $500 in damage, it may still be best to contact the police. Having an official police report will help your case, especially if you know for a fact you were not at fault.
2. Move anything
The last thing you want is to look as though you tampered with evidence. Do not alter anything on your vehicle. Allow the authorities to move debris out of the road.
The other driver may try to get you to take some cash to not get the insurance companies involved. You can never be certain why the other driver would do this. Make sure you go through the proper channels even if you share some of the blame. You will be better off for it in the long run.
4. Incriminate yourself
You may believe you are totally at fault for this crash, but you may not have all the information you need. Perhaps the other driver did something that indicates you both share some of the blame. Do not admit to anything without your attorney present.