Motor vehicle accidents are often devastating. It’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed after such an incident, but there are some things you should avoid doing in order to protect your rights and increase your chances of a successful outcome for your claim.
Don’t admit fault
Even if you think you are responsible, don’t say anything to the other driver or insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney. Admitting fault can hurt your case down the road if you decide to file a lawsuit. The other driver or insurance company may use your admission of guilt against you in order to reduce their own liability.
Don’t leave the scene of the accident without speaking to the police
This can lead to criminal charges, and it can make it more difficult to file a claim later on. On top of that, if you leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information with the other driver, it may be more difficult to track them down later.
Make sure you get the other driver’s name, contact information, insurance information and license plate number before you leave.
Don’t sign any documents from the other driver or insurance company
Again, don’t sign anything until you have consulted with an attorney. The other driver or insurance company may try to get you to sign a document releasing them from liability, but this is not something you should do.
Don’t forget to seek medical attention
Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s important to get checked out after an accident. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not present themselves until days or even weeks after the accident. On the other hand, if you wait too long to see a doctor, the insurance company may try to argue that your injuries are not related to the accident.
These are just a few of the things you should avoid after a car crash. Failing to take the right steps can result in serious consequences for your recovery and your case.