Car accidents can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. Knowing what steps to take after an accident can help ensure that you are protected and receive the compensation you deserve. However, knowing what not to do after a car accident is equally important.
Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident
Leaving the Scene of the Accident
Leaving the scene of an accident, even a minor one, can result in serious legal consequences. It is important to stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive, exchange information with the other driver, and document the accident.
Not Seeking Medical Attention
Even if you feel fine after an accident, it is important to seek medical attention. Many injuries, such as whiplash or internal bleeding, may not show symptoms immediately. Seeking medical attention can also help document the extent of your injuries for insurance and legal purposes.
It is important to remain calm and not admit fault after an accident, even if you believe it was your fault. Admitting fault can be used against you in legal proceedings and can impact your ability to receive compensation.
Not Documenting the Accident
Documenting the accident is crucial for insurance and legal purposes. Take photos of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles, and any injuries you sustained. Also, write down the contact information of any witnesses and the other driver’s insurance information.
Not Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney
It is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Knowing what not to do after a car accident can be just as important as knowing what to do. Avoiding these common mistakes can help protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC for experienced and knowledgeable legal representation.