The moments after a crash are crucial to your car accident claim. Your words and actions could make or break your claim, which is why it helps to know what to do in such situations.
Unfortunately, not everyone understands the do’s and don’ts after a crash. As a result, many accident victims make avoidable blunders that end up negatively affecting their claims. Below are some common mistakes you may be susceptible to after an accident.
Admitting fault for the crash
Do not accept responsibility for the accident even when it seems you were in the wrong. Admitting fault may come back to haunt you when negotiating a settlement offer.
Remember, your degree of responsibility will reduce the potential settlement or bar you from claiming damages, which is why you should not admit to any wrongdoing.
Failing to seek medical care
Medical evidence is crucial to your claim. Without a doctor’s report, it can be hard to ascertain the nature and extent of your injuries or the potential effects on your life.
An insurer may also downplay the seriousness of your injuries if you did not seek treatment after the crash. Therefore, be sure to visit a doctor even if you feel fine, given the possibility of internal injuries.
Not calling the police
It is advisable to call the police soon after a crash, even if you suffered minor injuries or minimal property damage. The police report of the accident can go a long way in shedding light on what happened. It can also help ascertain each driver’s contribution to the crash.
Not getting help with your car accident claim
Filing a car accident claim is not enough. A lot happens in the background before you get compensated. Therefore, it is best to have appropriate legal guidance to help navigate the claims process and protect your interests.