The immediate moments of an accident can be pretty chaotic and confusing. A million things may be running through your mind at once as you contemplate your next course of action.
The things you do or say after a crash may shape your claim and potential compensation. Therefore, it helps to avoid the common pitfalls, as discussed below.
Admitting fault for the accident
Even if you believe you were partially or fully responsible for the accident, it’s advisable to remain silent. Admitting fault can be used against you when settling your claim or if you end up in court. Instead, stick to the facts and let the insurance companies and authorities determine who is at fault.
Not calling the police
It’s important to call the police and file a report, even if the accident is minor. The accident report by law enforcement can be used as evidence later on if you file a claim.
Not seeking medical attention
Some people may skip seeking medical attention after a car crash because they feel fine. However, it’s important to remember that some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
Delaying medical attention could worsen injuries and make it harder to receive compensation. It’s always better not to take any chances and seek medical attention immediately after a crash.
Settling too quickly
Insurance companies may try to offer a quick settlement after a car crash. However, do not rush into these early offers. Once you’ve accepted a settlement offer, you forfeit your right to pursue any further compensation. Instead, assess your damages relative to the proposed settlement offer before agreeing to any deal.
Not getting the necessary assistance
Compensation after a car crash is not guaranteed, and the claims process can get complex. It is why you should not go it alone. A lot happens before a car accident claim is settled, and it is best if you have experienced legal representation to help protect your interests.