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5 Common Mistakes People Make After a Car Accident

5 Common Mistakes People Make After a Car Accident

How you respond after an auto accident involving serious injuries can ultimately determine whether you can build a strong enough case to recover fair compensation for your damages. Unfortunately, many people make a variety of mistakes following car and truck accidents that prevent them from maximizing the value of their accident and injury claims. Below, we discuss five common mistakes you need to avoid making if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Mistake #1: Admitting Guilt

One of the ways that people disqualify themselves from pursuing legal action for accident damages is by apologizing for what happened. Although you might genuinely be sorry about the incident, regardless of whether injuries are involved, don’t apologize for an accident and never say “I’m sorry.” Doing so can negatively impact your case, which is why it’s best to only exchange necessary information regarding the accident until you can consult with a lawyer. Insurance companies can frame your apology as an admission of fault, leaving you financially liable.

Mistake #2: Failing to Seek Medical Attention

Even if you don’t think you suffered any injuries in the collision, you should still consult with a doctor to determine if you sustained any internal damage and to find out which injury symptoms you need to be aware of in weeks after the accident. Insurance companies often deny or reduce the value of claims by arguing the claimant had previous injuries that were not the result of the accident. However, a doctor's examination can prove your pain is the direct result of the accident.

Mistake #3: Failing to Gather Evidence

The quickest way to get your case moving forward is to immediately begin gathering any evidence that you can at the accident scene. However, if anyone sustained serious injuries, then seeking medical treatment should be the top priority. Once medical professionals arrive, you can start collecting evidence. Use the camera on your phone to take pictures of your injuries and any damage to your vehicle. You should also get the names and contact information of any witnesses.

Mistake #4: Failing to Call the Police to the Accident Scene

People often don’t bother calling the police to the scene of an accident if their car is still drivable or sustained minor damage. However, calling the police and requesting they file a report will give you adequate proof that the accident occurred. A police report that details the investigation and damages of the accident will make it more difficult for insurance companies to deny your claim.

Mistake #5: Settling the Accident Claim Too Soon

It’s no secret that insurance companies don’t want to pay the maximum value of your accident claim. That is why you can expect them to go through great lengths to reduce their financial liability as much as possible. While insurance companies tend to offer quick settlements to car accident victims, making the first low offer can leave you struggling to cover the full cost of your medical bills and recovery treatments.

If you want to make sure you can pursue the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for car accident damages, then please get in touch with Daspit Law Firm today. Call (888) 273-1045 to request a free case consultation with our legal team.