Being involved in a car accident can be an overwhelming experience to say the least. Not only are you dealing with the initial shock, but you may also have to deal with months of relative difficulties, such as injuries, insurance claims, and vehicle repairs. In order to minimize the stress associated with the aftermath of your auto accident, make sure to avoid these three common mistakes that drivers often make when it comes to handling the incident.
1. Not Calling the Police
People often forget, or even choose, not to call the police following an auto collision. Failing to do so can negatively impact your personal injury case if you ultimately choose to file one. Calling the police to the scene allows for objective, third party reports to be made about the incident. Having a report such as this can ensure that other involved parties do not provide false information. Make sure to communicate with officers in a calm and cooperative manner. Explain what happened and inform them of any information or photos you have collected.
2. Signing Documents or Making Statements
It may seem natural in this situation to apologize to other parties, even if you are not at fault. Make sure to never admit fault while at the scene of the accident. Even if you think you may be at fault, sometimes there are other factors involved. The other driver may have been speeding or not watching the road. Continue to convey only the facts to police, witnesses, or other drivers.
In addition, do not feel pressured to sign any documents. The only thing required of you is to file a police report. Signing anything additional can only jeopardize your potential claim, and you should make sure to consult with a personal injury attorney before doing so.
3. Not Seeking Medical Attention
After a car accident, the initial shock of an accident can make it difficult for victims to fully understand the extent of their injuries. Some injuries may not even develop until a little bit of time has passed. Regardless of the situation, it is important to seek medical attention after the collision. That way, you can make sure any injuries you may have are addressed properly and on time. In addition, proof of your injuries can assist your case should you choose to file a personal injury claim. If advised to attend follow up appointments by your doctor, it is necessary you do so in order to retain the credibility of your injuries.
Securing the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney can ensure that you avoid these common mistakes. Even if you feel the accident wasn’t that serious, you should always get an attorney’s viewpoint before you take any legal action. It’s common for someone to think the issue is resolved only to discover a week later that an injury did occur or that the other driver decided to file against them. If involved in a car accident in the Maryland or Washington, DC area, you need a professional, such as any of the lawyers of Potter Burnett Law, to navigate your personal injury claim. One of our attorneys will break down the situation for you, explain your rights, and what you can expect throughout your case. The attorneys of the Potter Burnett Law team are also experienced trial lawyers, meaning we will confidently represent you in court to ensure that you receive the best compensation.