The Do’s and Don’t’s of Minor Car Accidents

minor car accidentsMinor car accidents, like fender-bender or rear-endings, are the most common type of car accidents. Thankfully, they often only result in minor injuries. However, anyone who has been in a minor car accident, even one without injuries, knows how stressful they can be. If you have never been in a car accident before, you may have questions about what to do or say. Here are some helpful tips that can cut down on the stress.

Post-Accident Tips

  • First of all, move your car off the road. If you can safely do so, drive your car to an out-of-the-way place, like the shoulder of the road or a nearby parking lot. If your car is too badly damaged to be moved, put on your four-way flashers. By letting other drivers know that you are stopped, you avoid further damage to your vehicle, and prevent injury to yourself.
  • Get the other driver’s information. This includes their contact information, license number and car description, and insurance information. Additionally, you should write down any damage to your car. Make note of other factors that may have influenced the accident, such as wet pavement. Take a picture of the cars and other surroundings.
  • You should not admit fault in the accident. Check to see if the other driver is okay, and always be civil, but let your insurance companies sort through the facts and figure out who was at fault, rather  assign blame at the scene of the accident.

A minor car accident can be scary and stressful, especially if you have never been in an accident before. By following proper procedures and moving your vehicle and yourself out of traffic, however, you can prevent further injury and damage, and the car accident will stay minor, rather than get worse.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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