Common Mistakes after a Car Accident
Car accidents often occur unexpectedly. In a second, your entire front bumper can be caved in and your airbag can go off. To ensure your safety, and the safety of others, it’s important to know what steps to take after being involved in a car accident.
Here are some common mistakes people often make after car accidents:
Not Contacting the Authorities
Many victims of car accidents, especially those involved in minor incidents, don’t think it necessary to call the police. The police act as an objective, authoritative presence and help prevent anyone involved in the accident from making a false claim. If a lawsuit is going to be filed, valid documentation of the incident with a police report is crucial.
Not Exchanging Contact Information
At the scene, the damage to you or your car may not seem too severe, but you could experience serious effects hours, days, or weeks later. For this reason, it is important that you write down all contact information from the party that hit you. If they are not willing to provide you with information, ensure you write down their license plate number.
Failure to Notify Your Insurance Company
Whether you simply forgot or just didn’t think it was necessary, failure to contact your insurance company after an accident can leave you stranded when it comes to recovering property damage or costs associated with your injuries.
Refusing Medical Attention
No matter how insignificant your injuries may seem, it is important to get yourself checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible after an accident. If you plan on pursuing an auto injury claim, it is important to have your physical state evaluated and documented by a professional as quickly as possible.
Failure to Document the Scene
Taking pictures of the scene, of the damage to the vehicles, and of any injuries you may have after an accident is an important part of the process. To support your claim in the future, you will need valid documentation. Photographs of the accident provide a truthful, fair presentation of the case, so no false statements can be made.
Failure to Contact a Lawyer
As the victim of a car accident, you may not be aware of your rights. At MacGillivray Law, we’ll help you through every step of the process.
We understand that accidents happen all the time, and that every detail of the collision counts when making your claim. Don't fight the battle alone. We know you are under financial and emotional stress. That's why our services are at no cost or obligation to you until your compensation is secure. To arrange a free initial consultation, contact us online or give us a call.