The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be a chaotic moment, filled with adrenaline, confusion and stress. The sudden impact of the crash and the shock of the experience make it difficult to stay calm and focused. You may be disoriented and in pain, unsure of what to do next.
In this vulnerable state, it’s easy to make mistakes that could negatively impact your ability to recover compensation for the harm and losses suffered. However, it’s essential to remain level-headed and avoid doing anything that may harm your interests. Here are some common blunders you need to be wary of.
Failing to seek medical attention
Seeking medical attention is crucial not only to your health and well-being but to your claim too. At some point, you may need to prove that your injuries were not pre-existing or their extent. Without medical records, it can be impossible to do so.
Never, under any circumstances, admit fault for a car crash. This may include directly taking the blame or apologizing to the other driver. First, you may not be fully aware of the circumstances surrounding the crash. Second, it can impact the compensation you can recover for your damages.
Not calling the police
It’s always advisable to call the police after an accident, especially if you suffered injuries or property damage. The police report may come in handy when establishing the events surrounding the crash or assessing each driver’s role.
Not seeking legal guidance
Dealing with insurance companies and pursuing a claim can be complicated and overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the legal process. Seeking legal guidance as soon as possible after a crash can protect your interests and increase your chances of getting a fair settlement.