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What Mistakes do People Make After a Car Accident

What mistakes do people make after a car accident? This is an important question regardless of whether the car accident was your fault or the other party’s fault.

If the car accident was not your fault and you suffered injuries, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party at fault for the accident. If you were at fault for the car accident, you may have to face a personal injury lawsuit.

In either case, you really ought to contact a personal injury attorney to make sure your rights are protected. One of the most important mistakes people make after a car accident is failing to contact a personal injury attorney.

Report


Another mistake people make is that they do not file a police report. You should contact the police and file a report of the car accident. A police report gives an objective account of how the accident occurred. Later, if a personal injury lawsuit is filed, the police report will describe how the accident really happened. It will not be your word against the other party’s word.

Another common mistake people make after a car accident is that they do not contact the insurance company as quickly as they ought to. This can be in regard to both their own insurance company and the other party’s insurance company. When you contact your insurance company, they will tell you the way they want you to file a claim.

Exchange information


Another mistake is that people do not exchange insurance information with the other party. It is almost always a good idea to exchange insurance information with the other party. This is true even when it looks like there is only minor damage to either car, and there appears to be no injuries to anyone. The reason for this is that injuries or other problems may show up days or weeks after the car accident, and you need to have the other party’s insurance information.

Failing to get immediate medical attention for injuries or failing to keep thorough records of medical treatment they have received for those injuries is another serious mistake people make after a car accident. If you were not at fault for the car accident, getting immediate medical attention for your injuries and keeping a compete record of your expenses for your medical treatment is a vital key to being compensated for those medical expenses.

Obtain evidence


Another mistake people make after a car accident is not obtaining evidence of the accident. For example, they do not get the names and phone numbers of witnesses to the accident, and/or they do not take pictures of injuries, vehicles or the accident scene with their cell phone.

These are not all of the mistakes people make after a car accident. However, in many instances, the most critical mistake people make is failing to contact a personal injury attorney.

Regardless of whether a car accident was your fault or the other party’s, the wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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