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5 Common Mistakes People Make After a Car Accident

A car accident can be an emotionally overwhelming and traumatic situation for everyone involved. In the heat of the moment with your adrenaline at an all-time high, it is easy to commit several mistakes that can have a negative impact on your car accident claim or personal injury lawsuit, which could prevent you from recovering the compensation you deserve. 

The following are the most common mistakes you can make after being involved in a car accident: 

  1. Not call the police – When the police are called to the scene of a collision, officers will prepare an accident report to document all parties’ personal information and the circumstances of the crash. This police report can also be used as evidence to prove liability in a car accident. 

  1. Admit fault – After an accident, it may be considered instinct to apologize for your actions. However, saying “I’m sorry” can be construed as an admission of guilt in the eyes of the other party and their insurance company. Even if you believed you actually caused the accident, you do not know all the details surrounding the crash right away, so never admit fault. 

  1. Not collect evidence – In order to prove you are not at fault for a car accident, you must gather evidence to support your claim. This means taking photos and videos of the scene and the damages involved, obtain the other party’s contact information, and even write down the names of witnesses and get their contact information. Any evidence can help you and/or your attorney get your case off to an immediate start. 

  1. Not obtain medical attention – When adrenaline courses through your body after an accident, you may not believe you are injured until the excitement wears off, which is why it is imperative to seek immediate medical care immediately after a car accident – whether you are involved in a fender bender or a serious crash. Not only will a doctor determine the full extent of your injuries and the necessary treatment to recover, but you may also obtain your medical record to show your insurer that your injuries – and your claim – are legitimate. 

  1. Give the insurance company too much information – You need to contact your insurer after getting involved in an accident. Keep in mind, insurance companies are always looking out for their own best interests, which is to make a profit from your premiums and pay out as little as possible or nothing whatsoever. Providing too many details about the crash may give the adjuster an opportunity to use your words against you to reduce or deny your claim. So, you must only give them the most basic information about the incident. 

In order to avoid making any mistakes that may harm your case, you must hire an experienced personal injury attorney right away. At Bowman, Smith & Kallen, P.L.L.C., we have helped our clients recover tens of millions of dollars from car accidents and other injury-related cases in Yuma and throughout Arizona. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Yuma, contact us today at (928) 783-8879 and schedule a free consultation. Serving residents throughout Arizona since 1983.