- Declining immediate medical care
- Failing to contact police
- Not documenting the scene
- Waiting to contact a lawyer
- Not reporting to insurance companies
- Recording statements before getting legal help
- Admitting fault
Denying Medical Care
It’s common for auto accident victims to avoid medical care, but this is a big mistake. Your health must come first, and the medical costs can be recuperated in your settlement.
The most important thing is to get medical treatment so small injuries don’t get worse and major injuries don’t cause life-altering damage. The sooner you seek medical attention, the better your chances at recovery and the stronger your case will be.
Not Getting A Police Record
A police record is critical as well. Police know how to document a scene, gather witness statements, and investigate the cause. Even if you were partly at fault for the accident, you can still recover damages from the other driver. Calling the police right away will ensure a detailed record of the scene to help prove how the accident occurred.
Failing to report your accident to the insurance company is another critical mistake. The insurance company will use this as “proof” that the accident was your fault or that your injuries were caused by something other than the car wreck. Your claim will be denied, or your settlement amount will be much too low.
Finally, anything said to the police and your insurance company can be held against you, so when you report the accident, just give the facts. Fault should not be discussed. Report the date and time of the car wreck and state that you will not discuss the matter any further without an attorney.