Getting into a car accident can be a shocking and upsetting experience. Right after a collision, it might be hard to think clearly about what you need to do.
Unfortunately, common mistakes in the aftermath of a collision could put your health or your legal rights in jeopardy.
Not seeking medical treatment
Injuries from a car accident do not always present acute symptoms right away. Even if you think that your injuries are fairly minor, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Without prompt medical care, an injury may worsen or become more difficult to treat.
Not calling the police
It is crucial that you call the police immediately after the accident. If drivers do not call the police, they run the risk of insurers denying their claims. Moreover, a police report can serve as key evidence in the event that you need to seek compensation or defend yourself if the responsible driver makes a claim against you.
Failing to exchange contact details and insurance information
Forgetting to exchange contact details or auto insurance information is a common pitfall after car accidents. Refusing to share insurance information can be another major misstep.
Admitting fault or apologizing
When a person has sustained an injury or appears to be very upset, apologizing or expressing empathy is a natural and understandable instinct. However, a person could construe these types of statements to be an admission of guilt.
After a car accident, be conscientious about taking the right steps to protect yourself. Avoidable mistakes or oversights could have serious ramifications.