Being involved in a traffic collision is an unexpected and stressful situation, which could be the reason why we don’t always make the best decisions after a car accident. Safety should always be the top priority. After any accident, those involved should assess the situation to make sure everyone is okay. But with an occupied mind, victims may be unaware of potential pitfalls that can cause problems when it comes time to file an insurance claim. Here are six common mistakes for car accident victims to avoid after a crash.
Accident victims may not be fully aware of all the factors that contributed to the accident. Even if you believe that the accident was your fault, the other driver could have been partially or even entirely at fault. Actual circumstances will not matter if you admit fault. It is best to wait until all the details emerge so that the police officer that responds to the incident can better assess the situation.
Discussing your injuries
The seriousness of your injuries may not be immediately apparent after a car crash. The adrenaline rush experienced after a collision can mask pain, causing symptoms to appear hours, or even days, later. Saying you’re not injured at the accident scene can cause problems with insurance claims, leading to delays and denials. It’s always best to have a professional medical assessment soon after a collision.
An eyewitness can make a huge difference when placing fault for an accident. Injury victims do not always reach out to witnesses who saw the accident occur. It’s always best to ask everyone who saw the crash to remain at the scene, and to collect their contact information. Witnesses can provide key statements to responding authorities.
Not reporting the accident
In minor collisions, reporting the accident to police may not seem necessary. However, having a police officer write a traffic collision report can be helpful when determining who is at fault. Victims should never take money from at fault parties after a crash, but should instead report the accident to the police and insurance company.
Not seeking medical attention
Many injured crash victims do not believe that their injuries are severe enough to warrant a doctor visit. Even for minor injuries, complications can arise if left untreated. Some victims without health insurance may avoid the hospital because paying out of pocket is not an option. If left untreated for too long, insurance companies may reject your injury claim.
Not contacting an accident lawyer
Many injury victims assume that getting a lawyer will only take away a portion of their compensation. What they do not consider is that experienced car accident lawyers can significantly increase the overall compensation for an injury settlement. Insurance companies will often offer very little for pain and suffering and will not negotiate a reduction of medical bills, leading to a small payout.
The accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi will fight the insurance companies to pursue a fair level of compensation for the victims of car accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact us today at 877-702-7274 to receive a free consultation with our legal experts.