3 Things You Shouldn’t Do After a Car Accident
Even the most careful of drivers who always triple look both ways, go the speed limit, and drive defensively, can get in an accident. You being a careful, conscientious driver can’t defend against someone who’s being reckless and texting behind the wheel, going well over the speed limit or even driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All of these things can lead to an accident when you least expect it and could cause serious injuries and vehicle damage. No matter how the accident occurred, and no matter how much at fault (or not at fault) you think you are, there are some things you need to remember to never do immediately after a car accident. Following these tips below will ensure that personal injury lawyers can build a strong case for you and get you the compensation and results you deserve.
Admit any type of fault
When a car accident happens, you aren’t thinking straight. Even the calmest, level headed of people are sent into a state of panic and anxiety. There could be smoke, fire, strange smells or those who are injured in your or the other party’s vehicle. In this state of panic it can be easy to say something like “sorry, I don’t know what happened” or “I didn’t see you there” etc. Try to remember that this is one of the cardinal sins you could commit at the scene of an accident. Something like that may go on record when the police come, or the other party could use that in the near future to build their own case. Focus instead on asking if everyone is okay and call the appropriate authorities immediately.
Assess your own injuries
Once again, while you’re in this state of panic your body is releasing all sorts of chemicals and endorphins that could be impacting the way you feel. You might feel okay at the time, but we don’t recommend putting too much weight on this feeling. Always see your doctor as soon as possible after an accident. Some injuries can develop over time and just generally are not immediately obvious. Better to be safe than sorry and catch something on the early end. Make sure to document all of your visits and ask your doctor for medical records.
Try to pursue a claim without a personal injury lawyer
For accidents that were clearly a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated appropriately. Trying to do this on your own could result in a slimy, low offer from insurers who want to do everything possible to pay as little as possible. Lawyers spend years learning the ins and outs of the law and those who specifically practice personal injury are even more familiar with how to work the system. Trying to do this on your own while also managing injuries, auto repairs, and everyday life can be overwhelming.
The free consultation most personal injury lawyers provide is the best way to see your options and make a plan of action for going forward. Sit down with a lawyer and discuss your case. They’ll listen intently and will be able to give you their thoughts and recommended course of action from this point out. Their advice and guidance along the way will ensure that your claim is respected and treated with the care it deserves.
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