No one expects to be involved in a car accident, but they happen everyday — 14,386 crashes or one crash every six minutes.
Because they are so common and so disruptive, it’s a good idea to prepare and arm yourself in case you become involved in a car accident.
Here are some tips on what you should NOT do after a car accident.
- Admitting fault or signing anything without an attorney.
Admitting fault is a big no-no, even if you believe you were partially responsible. Insurance companies can use any statements you make to prove you were at fault. Also refrain from speaking to the other party’s insurance company without an attorney.
- Failing to assess and seek treatment for your injuries.
Although some injuries may not present themselves immediately, if you do notice physical or mental symptoms of an injury, take those symptoms seriously and seek medical assistance right away.
- Posting on social media.
Don’t post about the accident on your social media accounts such as Facebook or Instagram. This might come back to bite you if any statement you made proves fault.
- Leaving the scene.
Departing the scene before details have been exchanged, you have checked on the other party, and called the police is a very bad idea. Fleeing the scene makes you appear guilty. Even if you are expected to be at work you should stay at the scene.
- Neglecting to collect information at the scene.
Your insurance company will want to have as much information as possible to file your claim, so be sure to get the following information: full name, driver’s license number, license plate numbers, home address, cell phone number, and their insurance company and policy number(s). Also be sure to take plenty of photographs of any damage, injuries, and the road conditions.
- Not reaching out to a car accident attorney.
A car accident attorney can assist you with several key functions such as talking to your insurance company and the other party’s, filing a claim to your insurance company, and determining whether your case requires a lawsuit.
Ultimately a car accident attorney is responsible for securing a settlement that fully reflects what you deserve for your injuries and hiring one is the best way to ensure you get what you need. For a strong attorney-client relationship you can count on, call Kaiman and Crahan at 502-771-0741.