In the immediate aftermath of a car collision, you may feel disoriented. Still, there are important steps you must take to ensure your safety and protect your right to compensation.
Avoid these common mistakes that could jeopardize your health and your case.
Admitting fault, apologizing or in any way implying that you might share some blame for the accident could harm your case. An insurance company can use these admissions to deny you financial compensation.
Failing to seek medical attention
If you face any serious injuries from a car accident, you should seek medical attention right away. Even if you feel fine, you should still see a doctor. Many types of injuries, like whiplash and internal bleeding, may have delayed symptoms. Additionally, medical records could be essential if you decide to pursue a personal injury case.
Not calling the police
When damage from a collision appears minor, the other driver might discourage you from calling law enforcement. However, the full impact of damage and injuries may not be immediately apparent. You will want a police report to use as evidence if you later need to take legal action.
Forgetting to collect evidence
In the confusion that follows an accident, many people forget to thoroughly document the scene. Make sure you take pictures of the crash and the damage to all vehicles involved. You should also collect witness statements.
Even a minor collision can have a big impact on your life, but if you do your due diligence following an accident, you can help ensure you get the compensation you need to recover.