After the Car Accident: Common Mistakes That May Hurt Your Claim

After an accident, your adrenaline will be running high. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to think logically. All of this is completely valid after a traumatic event. However, there are some things you should try your best to avoid after a car accident, especially if you’ll need to file a claim for compensation.

4 Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

1. Declining Medical Care

Even if your accident was a small fender bender, it’s important to seek medical care immediately. Many injuries such as whiplash may not show symptoms until days or weeks after your accident.

Other serious injuries that require immediate attention such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may not show any symptoms at all.

Not only does seeking medical care protect you from further injury, but it also helps build your case. Medical records are critical pieces of evidence you’ll need to seek compensation.

2. Failing to Obtain a Police Report

You should always call the police after an accident of any severity. This ensures a police report is on record for your accident. A police report is often used during cases to prove the accident occurred. Plus, the report may help prove who is at-fault.

3. Taking the Blame for the Accident

It’s often second nature to apologize after an accident, whether you were at-fault or not. However, whatever you do, don’t take the blame. When speaking to other drivers involved or the police, stick to the facts. Admitting fault in any way may negatively impact your case.

4. Talking to the Insurance Company First

After an accident, it’s tempting to reach out to insurance as soon as possible, especially as medical bills and car repair invoices start to arrive. However, we recommend reaching out to an attorney first.

The insurance company may try to get you to accept a fast settlement. Unfortunately, this may not be enough to cover all of your damages. An attorney can communicate with insurance companies on your behalf and help you seek the compensation you need to move forward.

Involved in a Car Crash? Reach Out to The Fell Law Firm Today.

An attorney can help you navigate the aftermath of your accident and advise you further on what to do and what to avoid. At the Fell Law Firm, we have years of experience supporting car accident victims in Texas. Reach out to us today for a consultation by calling 972-450-1418  or send us a message.

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