When you've been involved in a car crash, it’s difficult to stay calm and keep a level head. However, if you can remain focused and avoid these common mistakes most people make after an accident, you’ll make it easier to receive the compensation you deserve.
Common Mistakes People Make After a Car Crash
The process of protecting your right to compensation for accident-related damages begins immediately. Mistakes to avoid include:
Failing to call the police.
Sometimes, the other driver may ask you to settle privately instead of getting the police and your insurance company involved. This is never a good idea. Accidents are stressful, and you're not able to calculate the full value of your damages on your own. Settling privately leaves you with no legal recourse.
Not getting medical care.
If you dislike doctors and hospitals, it may be tempting to brush off any discomfort you're experiencing. But this can hurt your case. Often, symptoms that seem minor at first can be a sign of a serious problem. If you don't seek medical attention, you're putting your health at risk and losing the ability to establish that the accident is the cause of your condition.
Even if you think you might be responsible for the accident, never apologize or confess to a mistake. Your perception might not be accurate, so it's best to let law enforcement determine who is responsible.
Giving a recorded statement.
If you're asked to submit a recorded statement, the insurance company is looking for information that could be used against you. Never agree to make a statement unless you've spoken to an attorney.
Settling too early.
Once you accept a car accident settlement, you're not allowed to go back and ask for more money at a later date. To protect yourself, you shouldn't settle until your injuries have fully healed or your condition has stabilized to the point where you can adequately predict your future care needs.
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