5 Mistakes to Avoid After Being Injured in a Car Accident
If you ever find yourself involved in an accident, it is crucial to know what to do immediately afterward. Being aware of the steps to take and what actions to avoid can help you make sure your rights are protected.
An accident is not something we can plan, much less an injury that can have consequences in our daily lives. You may have to take time off from work to get medical treatments, spend on medical bills, and sometimes, be physically limited to what you are able to do.
The most common mistakes people make after a car accident, in which they are injured, are the following:
- Not seeking medical attention. After an accident, some injuries take a few days or even weeks to manifest. You must seek medical attention and follow up on any symptoms that may develop. Avoid saying that you are physically unharmed at the scene of the accident until you are totally sure.
- Assuming you were partially at fault. The scene after an accident can be very confusing and chaotic. Sometimes it is so natural to say sorry that we say it without thinking that it can be taken as an admission of guilt. Avoid assuming any responsibility directly or indirectly until you have spoken with a lawyer.
- Providing a statement to the insurance company or giving too much information. Let us be honest, insurance companies are a business, and they have to watch their pockets. If you are asked to make a statement to “speed up” the process, wait until you have spoken to an attorney.
- Accepting the first offer from the insurance company. As mentioned above, the insurance company will take care of its interests and not so much yours. Often the first offers are much less than what victims need and deserve to recover. Review the expenses that you will have to cover with the advice of a lawyer.
- Failing to hire a personal injury attorney. Lawyers who are experts in this area can advise you and help you obtain fair compensation and ease the burden of the entire process.