You just started driving, so you know that the fact that you got into a crash isn’t going to look good. You also know that it wasn’t your fault. You were pulling through an intersection, and the driver to your right didn’t stop for the red light. You know you’re in the right, but you also need to protect yourself against the unfair assumption that all teens are bad drivers.
After you’re involved in a crash that isn’t your fault, remember that you shouldn’t be apologizing to anyone. If you apologize, you may actually hurt your chance of showing that the crash wasn’t your fault. Others may assume you’re taking the blame.
While keeping that in mind, if you are able to check on the health of others involved in the crash, you should do so and render aid when appropriate. Call 911 as soon as you can, so the police and emergency medical team can get to the scene quickly. Remember not to move anyone who is hurt unless he or she is in direct danger.
If you and the other driver have minor or even moderate injuries, you may still be able to exchange information. You should exchange insurance information with each other and wait for the police to arrive. If you’re hurt or unable to exchange information, you should speak with the police as soon as possible to report the crash and get information about the other party involved in the collision.
Our site has more information on what to do after a crash. Remember, if you’re not at fault, you have a right to pursue a claim against the negligent or at-fault driver.