6 Mistakes People Commonly Make After a Car Crash

While car accidents happen every single day, many people are never prepared once they experience on for themselves. They commit mistakes that significantly harm their efforts toward recovering a maximum settlement for their injuries and property damage.

The following are the most common mistakes people make after a car accident:

  1. Saying “sorry” to the other driver - Sometimes it is a natural instinct to apologize after accidentally bumping into someone or stepping on their toes when walking the street. However, if you say “I’m sorry” after a car accident, it could be construed as an admission of guilt, which can be used against you if you attempt to collect damages. Even if you think you were to blame, the other driver may be partially at fault.
  2. Failing to call the police - When law enforcement is present at the scene, they can create an objective police report and gather evidence to potentially support your claim. If the other driver attempts to make false claims, a police report can be used to demonstrate how the accident truly occurred. Failing to obtain a police report could hurt your case.
  3. Not collecting evidence - Pictures of the accident scene are some of the best forms of evidence to have when building a case and showing who is actually at fault. In addition, it is important to collect names and contact information of witnesses who can support your side of the story. Without any evidence, it can be difficult to prove your claim. If you are unable to gather evidence due to your injuries, ask a friend, relative, or your lawyer to do it for you.
  4. Not getting medical treatment - Even if you suffer minor injuries or feel fine after a car crash, you still need to see a doctor. The adrenaline coursing through your body often masks the pain from injuries, you may not notice you are actually injured until hours or even days later. Not only does getting medical attention the best thing to do for your health, but your doctor can also provide important evidence for your case in the form of medical records.
  5. Taking the first offer from the insurance company - Compensation in most car accidents often come from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Although the insurance company may send you an offer or even a check, you need to understand that the first settlement offer is typically less than what you deserve. Never trust another party’s insurance company to act on behalf of your best interests.
  6. Not hiring a lawyer - In order to avoid all of the mistakes mentioned above, a personal injury attorney can protect your rights and best interests. While you recover from your injuries, your lawyer will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and help you obtain the most favorable results possible.

If you have been recently involved in a car accident in New York, our New York City personal injury lawyers at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can guide you through the complexities of the legal system and ensure you do not do anything to jeopardize your case. With more than $500 million recovered for our clients, we understand what it takes to obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.

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Categories: Car Accidents