When you’re in a car crash, you might feel upset, confused and overwhelmed. It’s hard to think clearly in situations like this and you’re likely to make mistakes that can affect your car accident claims. Be prepared and avoid making these five common mistakes when you’re injured in a car accident.
- Failing to Call the Police: If the other driver pleads for you to avoid calling the police to report the accident, call the police anyway, even if the accident was minor. The police report will state what took place and serves as evidence in your car accident claim. To assist the attorney handling your car accident claim, be sure to get a copy of the police report. Which leads into our next point;
- Failing to Obtain Information: Don’t forget to exchange information with the other driver. Make sure to get their full name, their driver’s license information, their insurance information, and contact number. You will need this information to file a claim for your property and medical costs.
- Admitting Fault: Do not admit fault after a car accident. Even if you are tempted to apologize, refrain from doing so. Should you admit fault, you could harm your chances of being compensated for your injuries. You may not be at fault for the accident and you may not be aware of this due to missing information that has yet to be made known to you. At the same time, do not accuse the other driver of fault. It’s best to stay calm and let the appropriate parties decide liability.
- Failing to Take Pictures: One of the best things about owning a smartphone is the ability to take pictures anytime, anywhere. Taking pictures of the scene of the accident could serve as crucial evidence to prove liability in your car accident case. Take pictures of all the vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the inside of the vehicles, skid marks, debris, or damage to guardrails.
- Failing to Get Medical Attention: Get yourself examined by a medical professional following the car accident. Keep in mind that some injuries may not be noticeable of manifest until hours or days after the accident. When you visit the doctor, get copies of medical records that document the injuries you sustained in the car crash. This too will be crucial evidence for your car accident claim.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, keep your cool and avoid making the mistakes provided in this list. In addition, get in contact with an experienced attorney. The car accident lawyers at Lampert & Walsh can help you get the compensation you deserve to pay for your injury costs.