14 August 2018 Posted By : Administrator

The 6 Glaring Mistakes People Often Make After Car Accidents

Nobody expects to be in a car accident. It’s not like you brush your teeth, get dressed, crank up the car, take a right turn out of your neighbourhood, and anticipate getting t-boned by a semi-truck. You know it can happen, but figure it’ll never happen to you.

Then it happens.

Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a major collision, a car accident is always jarring. It shifts your perspective and forces you to admit that fate is out of your control. Even though it throws you off course, you don’t have any choice but to respond in a disciplined manner. Failing to do so could make a difficult situation even worse.

Sometimes the best way to learn what to do is by studying what not to do. Here are a few of the biggest mistakes people make in the wake of car accidents. Avoid them at all costs.

  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident

It’s natural to feel panicked after being involved in a serious collision. What’s not acceptable is leaving the scene of an accident. Yet, year after year, people continue to make this mistake.

Leaving the scene of an accident is not only foolish – it’s actually against the law. You’re required to stay on the scene until law enforcement arrives and tells you otherwise.

  • Admitting Guilt

It’s human nature to say something like “I’m sorry,” even if the accident wasn’t your fault. You’re sorry for the situation occurring, so you say something to put emotions at ease. Unfortunately, even the slightest apology can imply guilt on your behalf.

Admitting guilt on the scene – regardless of whether you’re guilty or not – isn’t smart. Future evidence could arise that places blame on the other party and you don’t want to negate it with an accidental apology.

  • Not Getting Immediate Care

Even if it seems like nothing more than a minor scrape or sprained joint, it’s important that you seek immediate medical care in the wake of a car accident. Failing to do so could hurt your ability to prove a correlation between the car accident and any future injuries or ailments that stem from it.

  • Trying to Represent Yourself

It’s tempting to think you can represent yourself in a car accident case – especially if it’s obvious that the other party was at fault – but there’s so much more to it than that. As the Joye Law Firm points out, a good attorney does all of the following:

  • Analyze and reconstruct the accident to produce an airtight case
  • Ensure you’re receiving proper medical attention
  • Assist in getting you referrals to the right doctors
  • Calculate present and future medical bills and expenses
  • Identify and uncover all insurance policies in play
  • Aggressively negotiate with the appropriate parties
  • File lawsuits if necessary

 

Unless you have the time and skill to do all of these things, you’re ill-advised to represent yourself.

  • Improperly Documenting the Accident

In order to make a strong case, you’ll need to bring a burden of proof. Make sure you properly and sufficiently document the accident with pictures, medical records, and statements as you go.

  • Failing to Understand Your Rights

Make sure you understand your rights. Many people are unaware of the fact that they can seek compensation for a variety of issues, including medical bills, property loss, pain and suffering, and even lost wages. (This is why it’s so important to document the accident and keep good records.)

Everything is Going to be Fine

It may not feel like it, but everything will eventually return to normal. Depending on the extent of the accident, this may be a new normal, but things won’t always be so chaotic. Once you realize this, you’ll feel an overwhelming sense of assurance. 

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