You are in a state of panic. Even when you aren’t in the wrong, a car accident could throw you off. You may make regrettable mistakes. But, even when in a rush or if the accident appears minor, you shouldn’t hurry off.
So, while you drive carefully, pushing the possibility of a car accident to the back of your mind, you should know what to do and what not to do. That knowledge ensures the protection of your rights from the insurance, legal and a personal standpoint.
Mistakes to avoid
- Admitting fault
The trauma from the car accident will affect your judgment. However, you shouldn’t assume guilt. Even if you caused the accident, there are investigations which will help you stay safer.
- Don’t go after a legal firm with limited knowledge and practice of personal injury laws
While general practice attorneys help with most issues, a personal injury lawyer should be the person you talk to in case of an accident. Personal injury law gets complicated. For the best legal representation, and for the best outcome, get an experienced accident lawyer. Getting a lawyer with extensive experience in accidents and personal injury cases will save you money and also simplify the process.
As you look for the best lawyer prioritize their trial experience. Although most cases are resolved before trial, the possibility of going to trial is present. Your lawyer should have trial experience, not one but a dozen.
To get the above details, you must ask the right questions. Find out if other lawyers refer clients to that lawyer. Also, inquire if the lawyer has the resources to take on some of the largest insurers. Don’t forget to get information about the lawyer’s accessibility, and how long they have been practicing law.
- Failing to seek medical help
While most car accidents result in minor accidents, you may get out the wreck unscarred. That means that you may not see the need to seek medical help. You are not in any pain, anyway. But, even if you feel, okay, your health should be your priority. Get checked for injuries. Seeking immediate medical help is essential because you may suffer internal injuries concussions or whiplash. If undiagnosed/ treated, the results could be fatal.
Worried about the medical bills? Your car insurance cover covers the bills.
- Not reporting the accident to the police
Did you know that you could be charged for failing to report a car accident? Besides, failing to report to the police will affect the insurance claim process. Your lawyer needs the report for investigations and for filing the claim.
- Not reporting the accident to your insurance company
Even when you’ve paid all the premiums, failure to report the accident to the insurance company may mean that the company refuses to process the claim. And, you cannot do anything about that.
Lastly. Talking to the other driver’s insurance company may affect the case. Also, don’t post the accident on social media.