Getting into an accident is stressful and emotional, which often clouds our judgment. Once the impact is made, the realization that you have just hit someone or someone hit you sets in and you start to panic. There are a few common mistakes that people make right after an accident and it’s important to be aware so that you don’t fall victim to these same errors.
Most Common Accident Mistakes
- Not seeking medical attention. Go see the doctor as soon as possible, don’t underestimate your injuries and never say you are okay. If there is an ambulance tell the EMS about all of your symptoms and schedule a medical checkup. Not only is this the best advice for your health, it could also help strengthen your future case.
- Failing to call the police. Always call the police so that they can fully document and report the incident. Doing this can prevent the other driver from making false claims and ensures important details aren’t missed in the post-accident confusion.
- Admitting fault or guilt. Never do this. It is not up to you to determine fault, that will be up to the police report. You do not want to open yourself up to liability when you don’t need to.
- Not gathering evidence. It is always important to gather evidence after the accident. Gather the names and numbers of any witnesses and the names, license plate numbers, addresses and insurance information of the other individuals involved. Try and take photos of the damages, scene of the accident, and take note of road conditions. This evidence will help you defend yourself, protect you from false claims, make the case to your insurance company and even assist you if you have a case that goes to trial.
Be safe out there on the roads and take into consideration the list above if you ever find yourself the victim of an accident. For any further questions contact The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.