If you’ve been involved in a car accident it can be difficult for you to think straight at the scene. Car accidents can be difficult to respond to and you may be thinking about how your life changes after the scene. Even though a car accident can be a stressful event, there are common mistakes that can be avoided directly after an accident which can protect you moving forward:
Failing to call the police:
Even if you have had a small accident, calling the police can be a great way to start building up a compensation claim. If an accident results in damages of vehicle or property you need to contact the police to start an official police report.
Seeing the doctor long after the accident:
Many people seek medical attention only when chronic injuries start to show up. Seeking medical attention shortly after the accident is crucial for recording some of your injuries. If you see the doctor, it will be easier to diagnose your injuries and plan for recovery.
Keeping your symptoms from medical staff:
It is important to report every possible symptom after an accident. It’s easy to downplay your injuries because you may want to go home and rest but withholding information from your doctor may compensate your recovery and your chance for compensation later on.
Apologizing at the scene of an accident can be an admission of guilt that could be brought up if the accident claim goes to trial. Don’t make apologies immediately after the accident, an attorney can act as your representative to communicate with everyone involved.
Sharing details on social media:
The details that you share about an accident through a tweet or on facebook become fully admissible evidence. If you have posted a status about it or you given information in a private message to someone over social media, it can be taken as a statement if it is recovered.
Citing a settlement immediately:
If your insurance company sends out a settlement shortly after the accident, it can be tempting to sign that claim immediately. This includes a release claim and your right to pursue any future legal action. If you don’t read it with the help of a legal professional, you could be missing out on future compensation or forgoing some of your rights. Speak to an accident attorney immediately if you are given any type of settlement.
If you are involved in an accident, be sure to avoid these top six mistakes.
This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy is a personal injury attorney in Pasco County at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve!