No one can anticipate an auto accident, so it is easy to say or do something during the aftermath that may have negative consequences later. If you are ever in an automobile accident, avoid making the following mistakes:
- Admitting fault. Even if you think the accident was your fault, do not admit to it. You didn’t see the entire accident and witnesses may be able to provide information to show that you were not at fault after all.
- Avoiding the police. Even if you think the car accident is minor and does not need police attention, it is always best to call law enforcement anyway so that they can file a report and determine who was at fault.
- Delaying medical attention. Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you are injured. If you realize later that you have sustained injuries, insurance companies may doubt your credibility because you did not visit a doctor sooner. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to prove that your injuries were the result of the accident.
- Talking to the other party’s insurance company. You are under no obligation to speak to the other insurance company. While you may simply want to give your version of what happened in order to be helpful, always remember that the other party’s insurance company is not on your side and does not want to protect your interests.
- Assuming the damage to your vehicle is minimal. Do not assume that your car sustained little damage simply because that is all that is visible. A licensed mechanic may find problems with the undercarriage or internal components, so take your car in for an assessment as soon as possible.
If you’ve been in an auto accident, you need an attorney who will fight for your interests. Call The Carlson Law Firm at (888) 335-7492 to set up a free consultation and discuss the next steps to getting back on the road.