Avoid These Mistakes: 5 Things NOT to do After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be very upsetting. Nobody ever leaves their home expecting to get into an accident with another driver, so when it happens, it’s easy to be thrown through a loop and not know what to do next. While there’s lots of advice out there about what you should do after a car accident, you have to remember that there are also plenty of things you shouldn’t do.
If you’ve been injured in your car accident and there’s a possibility that you might want to file a lawsuit, it’s very important to be careful that you don’t do anything that could potentially work against you. Unfortunately, many of those things are things people do without realizing they could be making mistakes.
Don’t Assume Insurance Companies are Looking Out for You
When a person from an insurance company contacts you to discuss your accident, it might seem like they’re only trying to help. But you need to remember that insurance companies are businesses and it is in their best interest to pay you as little as possible — or better yet, nothing at all. It’s not at all uncommon for insurance companies to offer lowball settlements that don’t cover all the treatments and long-term care a person needs.
Don’t Wait to Talk to an Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, one of the best things you can do is talk to a car accident attorney as soon as you possibly can. First of all, there might be a statute of limitations about how long you have to file a lawsuit over your injuries, so it’s best to get things started right away. A lawyer will also be able to advise you before accepting a settlement and help you handle interacting insurance companies and/or lawyers working for the other person.
Don’t Talk Too Much
After being in a car accident, you might feel like you have a lot to say. But it’s best for you to be very careful about what you say and who you say it to. For example, after a car accident, many people feel the need to apologize to the other driver, even if they weren’t at fault. But even a simple “I’m sorry” can be seen as an admission of fault and could be something the other driver would try to use against you later on.
If you have to deal with an insurance company or lawyer representing the other person involved in the accident, be aware that they’re going to be looking for any little thing that could possibly be used against you. It’s best to have a lawyer speak to them on your behalf.
On a related note, be very careful about what you post on social media. In fact, it’s best to stay off of social media completely since insurance companies will often check a person’s social media activity to look for anything that might suggest that they aren’t as injured as they claim to be.
Don’t Forget to Collect Evidence
Car accidents can be very chaotic and it’s easy to lose track of things that could ultimately help your case. Don’t try to rely on your memory. Make sure you keep records of everything you possibly can that relates to your accident. Take pictures of your injuries and of the accident scene. Get contact information for any witnesses who were there at the time of your accident. Keep a journal that details how you’re feeling each day and how the accident impacts your life. Take notes about every doctor’s visit you make. Be sure to get a copy of the police report for your accident. If you’re filing a lawsuit, all of this would be extremely valuable information to have.
Don’t Ignore Doctor’s Orders
Car accident injuries can require a lot of special care. But if you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions just right, the other person could try to argue that you’re not taking your care seriously or that you’re not injured that badly. Don’t miss appointments and make sure you’re following all instructions you’ve been given.