It’s an all-too-common experience. Another car hits yours while you are driving through town, on your way to work or headed out for a weekend trip with your family. This crash can leave you shaken up, but making mistakes after a crash could make it difficult to get the support you need to repair your car and recover from your injuries. What common mistakes could cost you in the long run?
Mistake 1: Admitting fault
Even if you believe that the accident was your fault, it is essential to avoid admitting fault. Simply saying, “I’m sorry,” could seem like an admission of guilt, and that could make you liable for the damage done in the accident. It could also result in significant increases in the cost of your insurance.
Mistake 2: Not calling the authorities
In the aftermath of an accident, you may not want to spend time making a police report. However, reporting your accident—even if it was only a fender-bender—is essential. Failure to report the accident can leave you without documentation of the accident and the evidence at the scene, making it much more difficult to file a claim with your insurance company.
Mistake 3: Not seeking medical treatment
Especially if you don’t believe that your injuries were severe, you may want to put the accident behind you as soon as possible. However, seeking medical treatment is essential. Not only does it ensure that your injuries are documented and linked to the crash, it could also be key to getting early treatment for injuries with delayed symptoms like traumatic brain injuries.
Mistake 4: Not speaking to an attorney
While working with an attorney is not necessary in any case, taking the time to speak to a lawyer could be key in getting the compensation you deserve. An attorney can help you explore the options available to you, negotiate with the insurance company or file a civil case against the other driver. They can also ensure that you are aware of any deadlines that could limit your compensation.
By taking care after an accident and considering all your options, you can protect your right to compensation and get on the road to recovery.