When you are in an auto accident, you are not generally thinking immediately about your insurance claim or the aftermath. Instead, you are likely shaken up and only thinking in the moment. It is this in the moment thinking that can get you in trouble later when you file a claim on your insurance or the insurance of the other party. Here are the top three mistakes people make at an auto accident that can affect your claim.
Especially if the accident was caused by the other party’s negligence, you do not want to admit guilt of any kind. Never admit that you were speeding, or that someone else had the right of way. Admitting guilt includes apologizing. If you say you are sorry, it implies that you did something wrong to cause the accident. Any admission of guilt, whether it resulted in the accident or not, will greatly damage your case.
Not Seeking Medical Treatment
Even if your injuries appear to be minor, you should seek medical treatment immediately after an auto accident. Some injuries are more severe than they originally appear. In the heat of the moment you may not feel the pain of your injuries until hours later when your body releases its tension and comes down from the shock of what happened. If you do not get medical treatment immediately, it can be argued that your injuries were caused by another event rather than the auto accident.
Not Documenting the Scene
You may be in a hurry to clear the scene, especially if police are on the scene or it’s a busy intersection or street where the accident occurred. It is important that you do not rush too much, and document the scene carefully. Take pictures of the accident, all vehicles involved, and the surrounding environment that contributed to the accident.
If you have been in an auto accident and you sustained substantial injuries, contact our offices today for a free consultation. We will be happy to go over your case and determine the best course of action.