Following a car accident, you may feel confused and have no idea what steps to take. Even so, it is important to do your best to remain calm and avoid the following common mistakes made following a car accident:
Leaving Too Quickly
After an auto accident, you should call the police and an ambulance if anyone needs medical attention. The police will complete an accident report and inform you when it is appropriate to leave the scene. You need to ensure that you have the other driver’s license and insurance information, as well as the details about their vehicle. Take pictures of the scene and the vehicles if you can.
Never admit fault to anyone. This includes your passengers, the other driver, and the police officer. Even if you believe you were at fault and are simply trying to apologize, do not admit that you are responsible for the accident. Such an admission will likely come back to haunt you later in the case.
Dismissing Aches and Pains
Whenever you become aware of your injuries, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if your injuries seem minor, they may be indicative of larger problems. You should always follow your doctor’s instructions, because a failure to do so may harm your personal injury claim and compromise your health.
Not Contacting an Attorney
You may assume that your insurance company is looking out for your best interests and that they will make sure you are fairly compensated. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. That’s why you should speak with a personal injury attorney before you accept any settlement for your injuries, even if it seems reasonable to you.
At Malman Law, we understand that a car accident can affect every aspect of your life. We have a team that has proudly served more than 7,000 clients in the last 18 years, and we will be glad to speak to you about your personal injury case. Call (312) 983-6193 to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney.
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