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Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

Woman and man in the wake of a car accident

Car accidents can be traumatic and overwhelming. However, as difficult as this time may be, it's important to stay calm and composed to avoid making any mistakes that could hurt your chances of receiving fair compensation. Here are the top mistakes to avoid after a car accident.

1. Leaving the Scene

One of the most significant mistakes you can make is leaving the accident scene, especially if it resulted in injuries or significant property damage. Fleeing the scene of an accident may lead to criminal charges and license suspension. It's essential to remain at the scene and exchange information with the other parties involved.

2. Failing to Call the Authorities

After an accident, always call the police, even for minor fender benders. A police report is a crucial piece of evidence in case you need to file a claim with your insurance company or pursue legal action. It provides a neutral, official account of the accident.

3. Neglecting Medical Attention

Some injuries, like whiplash or internal injuries, may not present symptoms immediately after an accident. Failing to seek medical attention promptly is a grave mistake. Even if you feel fine, it's essential to see a healthcare professional to rule out hidden injuries.

4. Admitting Fault

It's natural to want to apologize or accept blame out of courtesy, but doing so can be used against you later. Never admit fault at the scene of the accident. Leave the determination of fault to the authorities and insurance companies.

5. Not Documenting the Accident

Failing to document the accident scene can hinder your ability to support your case later. Take photos of the damage, road conditions, and any visible injuries. Collect contact information from witnesses who may be willing to provide statements.

6. Avoiding Contact with Your Insurance Company

Your insurance company is there to assist you, but failing to report the accident promptly can lead to claim denials or delays. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible and provide them with all the necessary information.

7. Neglecting to Gather Information

It's vital to collect information from all parties involved, including their names, contact details, insurance information, and license plate numbers. Additionally, document the time, date, and location of the accident.

8. Skipping Police Report Review

Review the police report for inaccuracies and omissions. If you spot errors, notify the police department so they can make corrections.

9. Accepting an Early Settlement

Insurance companies may offer a quick settlement in hopes of minimizing their costs. Accepting such a settlement without fully assessing the extent of your injuries and damages is a mistake. You may be entitled to more compensation than initially offered.

10. Neglecting to Seek Legal Advice

If your accident resulted in severe injuries, disputed liability, or complex circumstances, it's wise to consult with a personal injury attorney. Legal professionals can help protect your rights, gather evidence, and negotiate on your behalf to secure fair compensation.

11. Overlooking Emotional & Mental Health

While physical injuries are often the most apparent consequences of an accident, emotional and mental well-being is equally important. Ignoring emotional trauma, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to long-term mental health issues.

12. Not Following Through with Treatment

If a healthcare professional prescribes treatment for your injuries, it's crucial to follow their recommendations. Failure to do so may not only hinder your recovery but also affect the strength of your injury claim.

Seek Compensation with Advocate Law Firm, P.A.

In conclusion, it's important to stay calm and composed after a car accident and avoid making any mistakes that could hurt your chances of receiving fair compensation. If you're unsure about the claims process, contact an attorney to help guide you through the process. At Advocate Law Firm, P.A., our skilled personal injury attorneys specialize in helping clients receive the compensation they deserve and have experience when it comes to car accident cases. Contact us today to learn what our dedicated team can do for you. 

 Advocate Law Firm, P.A. is available by phone at (863) 644-5566 or contact us for a free case evaluation online