Although you’re frightened and confused after being involved in a car crash, don’t make mistakes that could compromise your ability to bring forward a claim for compensation. Here are three mistakes to avoid after being involved in a crash.
1. Failure to Document Everything at the Scene of the Accident
Many people rely on the police report as documentation of what happened before, during, and after the crash. However, police reports aren’t necessarily reliable, especially since the police only know what they can observe after they are called to the scene. Document everything you can as soon as possible after the collision. Take pictures of the crash, including both cars, and write down what you remember in a notebook.
2. Admitting the Accident Was Your Fault
Even if you believe you had a hand in causing the accident, it’s not something you should admit to at the scene. You may feel as though you contributed to the crash, but the details may prove otherwise. If you suggest you are at fault, the police and your insurance company may take you at your word. Instead, let the professionals put together the pieces of the puzzle to determine who is at fault based on the facts of your case.
3. Not Getting Medical Help
Even if you feel okay after an accident, it’s important that you still go to the emergency room or visit your family physician. Not getting medical help can look bad when it comes time to file a claim, especially if you discovered later on that you were injured. Always make the trip to the hospital just to get checked out and have those records on file for when you need them.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer as Soon as Possible
One thing you absolutely should do after being involved in an accident is contact an experienced car accident attorney. Don’t wait — it’s critical that you learn about your rights as an accident victim and the legal options available to you.
At the Sarkisian Law Offices, our attorneys understand how frightening it can be to be involved in an accident. We are committed to helping you get through this difficult time, one step at a time. Call us today for a consultation at (219) 942-7171 to discuss your needs.