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7 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make Following A Car Accident

| Auto News | 04.08.2018

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Being in a car accident can be a stressful and traumatic experience. The moments straight after impact are confusing and worrying, as you’re left stunned, not knowing exactly what has happened or how it might have affected you. You may even be suffering from injuries that has left you dazed and unable to think properly. ^

There is just so going on to make a person have a panic attack, but as difficult of a situation you might find yourself in, it’s always important that you remain calm. Agitation and other negative emotions can cause you to make mistakes with serious financial and legal repercussions.

That being said, here are seven common mistakes you should avoid making following a car accident.

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1. Thinking The Police Aren’t Necessary ^

The accident may seem minor, and your car may still be drivable, but that doesn’t mean that the police are unnecessary. It’s important that you file a police report, as this means you’ll be able to document what you believe happened, while it’s still fresh in your memory. This objective record can help to prevent anyone from making a false claim later. Having the police there also means that they can take statements from any witnesses, which could help you with your own claim.

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2. Refusing To Seek Medical Help ^

No matter how minor your injuries may seem, it’s important that you seek medical help as soon as possible after the accident. This is because the shock will have heightened the adrenaline in your body, which can dull and even eliminate pain. This means that you won’t start to feel the effects of your injuries for hours, and sometimes days. Going to the hospital also means that you’ll have a record of any of your injuries, which will help if a case ends up going to court.

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3. Forgetting To Document The Scene ^

When you’re dazed and confused, it can be easy to forget some things. However, it’s crucial that don’t forget to document the scene. You need pictures of any damage to both vehicles, as well as any injuries that might have occurred. This will help to support your case if and when you decide to claim compensation. You should also make sure that you exchange contact information with the other driver. If they won’t, you should note down their license plate number.

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4. Suggesting That You’re At Fault ^

Directly after the accident, it’s crucial that you really think about the things you say before you say them. At no point should you admit or suggest that you’re at fault, even if you believe that you are. It’s completely possible that no one or the other driver was the cause, so don’t blame yourself until there’s proof. Even saying “I’m sorry” can be taken as an admission of guilt, so, if you’re worried about slipping up, you should try to stay as quiet as possible.

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5. Not Notifying Your Insurance Company ^

Whatever your reasons for avoiding it, you should make sure that you notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as you can. Failure to do this could mean that you can’t recover the costs associated with the crash. You could also be left without insurance altogether if your company finds you hiding the truth. That being said, you shouldn’t let your insurance company handle everything, as they would rather save money than help you.

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6. Failing To Seek Legal Help ^

Medical costs, loss of earnings, and car repairs can all add up pretty quickly. Because of this, you should consider seeking legal help from a car or truck accident attorney. They will put together and present a professional case, with their sole purpose being getting you the best compensation possible. Car insurance companies don’t want to give out money unless they have to, which is why you can often get a much larger settlement if you go with a solicitor.

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7. Waiting Too Long To Claim ^

After being in a car accident, or discovering injuries from the accident, you only have three years to make a compensation claim. Because of this, it’s important that you do so as soon as possible. This also makes it easier for you to claim, as details will be fresh in your mind, and you’ll find it easier to find and contact witnesses. There’s no point in losing out on compensation, simply because you couldn’t get around to it.

Car accidents are stressful and confusing at the best of times, but, if you make any of the mistakes mentioned above, it will likely get a lot worse. Therefore, it’s important that you remain calm, think about what you’re saying and doing, and avoid making any of them.

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