If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know how jarring it can be. It sends you into a panic mode, to where you can’t even focus on what just happened. And if you’ve read our tips for protecting yourself, you know that there can be a lot of ground to cover when it comes to documenting your accident. With a foggy mind and a high stress situation, it can be hard to make sure you’re doing everything necessary to handle the accident, and many people make big mistakes that lose them money in the long run. Here are just a few of those mistakes, so that you can avoid these problems in the future.
- Admit fault – This can happen in many ways. By making comments like, I didn’t even see you there,”or “I looked up and there you were,” imply that you were distracted, and are at fault for the accident. Be careful what you say to the other driver, the police officer, or your insurance company.
- Documentation – Many people often forget to write down the other driver’s information, and forget to take photos of the damage done to their vehicle as well. This leaves you without an integral portion of information for your personal injury case.
- Accept Offers – Many people get into accidents with driver that are uninsured, and often the result is a payoff at the scene of the accident. Not only is this practice illegal, but it can leave you paying out of pocket for much of your own damages. In the event that you’re injured in the accident, you won’t have money or access to getting your rightful payout, and you’ll end up footing the bill for your injury.
- Accept Insurance Company Settlement – You do not have to accept the initial offer that the insurance company offers you for your injury and accident. In fact, many insurance companies will low ball their clients, leaving them to fend for themselves in their hospital and repair bills. You can find this offer by hiring a personal injury lawyer.
- Avoid the hospital – Many auto accident victims won’t notice when they are first injured. When they finally notice, they go on ignoring their pain and the injury goes undocumented, and untreated. Those injuries will persist and get worse, costing you more money in the long run.
These are just a few of many mistakes that accident victims make when getting into a car accident. We know that an auto accident can be a scary and overwhelming experience, and many drivers are so overwhelmed that they forget to take care of many things regarding their accident. And while it may not seem like a big deal at the time, it can end up being a huge issue in the future. We recommend keeping a list of “to do’s,” in your glove box, for reference when you’ve been in a car accident. Don’t put yourself in the position of having to accept your fate in the accident and insurance process. You may have been a victim of personal injury, but you don’t have to be a victim of the insurance company, or of negligent drivers. If you’re ever injured in an auto accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers, and they’ll get to work on your case for you.