The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be one of the most chaotic and confusing moments of your life. You may not know what to do or say due to panic, confusion or fear.
However, the actions you take immediately after a car accident can significantly impact your claim for compensation. In other words, they can make or break your car accident claim.
Below are some common pitfalls to avoid after a crash:
#1. Not calling the police
Always call the police even if no one has suffered serious injuries or significant property damage. The police report can provide valuable evidence for your claim, which can be crucial when pursuing compensation.
#2. Not seeking medical attention
You may appear fine, and some injuries may seem minor at first. However, if you don’t seek medical attention, you may worsen your condition and miss the opportunity to document your injuries. Medical records are crucial to your claim as they can help prove the origin and extent of your injuries.
#3. Not gathering evidence
It helps to gather evidence at the crash scene, such as photos of the accident, your injuries and any other relevant details. If possible, get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident. The more evidence you have to support your claim, the better.
#4. Apologizing or admitting fault for the accident
It’s natural to feel sympathetic or apologetic towards the other driver after an accident, but admitting fault or apologizing can be used against you.
Under Texas law, your degree of responsibility for the crash can reduce the recoverable compensation. Avoid making statements that may be interpreted as accepting blame, as it jeopardizes your chances of recovering full compensation.
#5. Not seeking legal guidance
Navigating the claims process involving car accident claims can be complex and challenging due to the legal technicalities that may arise. As such, it’s best to stay ahead of the situation by having proper legal guidance to help protect your rights and look out for your interests at all times.