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4 mistakes to avoid after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The steps you take after a car accident can impact future legal action. Unfortunately, you may make costly mistakes if you don’t know what to do. 

Some of the most common mistakes to avoid after a car accident are found here. 

1. Not seeking medical treatment

Some car accident victims do not seek medical treatment after an incident. This is a huge mistake. Even if you feel fine or think your injuries are minor, it’s crucial to get checked by a healthcare professional. 

Sometimes, injuries do not show symptoms immediately. However, if left untreated, they can have serious long-term consequences. Medical records are also essential for potential insurance claims or legal actions.

2. Not calling the police

Many individuals neglect to call the police after an accident, especially if it seems minor. However, a police report is a vital document that provides an official account of the incident. This is beneficial when you file an insurance claim or take legal action. The police can also help mediate the situation, ensuring all parties exchange necessary information and address immediate safety concerns.

3. Admitting fault at the scene

In the heat of the moment, it’s natural to want to apologize or take responsibility for the accident, especially if you believe you might be at fault. Even though this may seem polite, it can complicate the situation. Anything you say can be used against you. 

4. Neglecting to gather evidence

Another critical mistake is failing to gather evidence at the scene. Take photos of the vehicles, accident scene, visible injuries, and other relevant details. If there are witnesses, get their contact information and statements if possible. The evidence you gather at the scene is helpful when you are trying to recover compensation.  

Avoiding these mistakes can help you protect yourself and your rights to compensation.