Most people have a basic understanding of what they should do after a car accident. This includes things such as moving out of traffic, calling 911, receiving medical treatment and filing an insurance claim.
While all of these steps are important, there’s something else to keep in mind: There are things that you shouldn’t do after a car accident.
Avoid these mistakes
Even though you have a lot to contend with in the aftermath of a car accident, there are some mistakes you must avoid. Neglecting to do so can cost you over the long run.
Here are some of the more common mistakes that people make:
- Confronting the other driver: While it’s okay to exchange information, don’t start placing blame. Furthermore, don’t become upset with the other driver, as this can result in a serious confrontation.
- Saying too much: For example, if the other driver places the blame on you, it’s easy to agree in an attempt to deescalate the situation. This is a mistake. Stick to the basics and never say you’re sorry.
- Neglecting to call the police: Some people make this mistake because they think it will complicate matters. Others do so because the other party asked them not to, perhaps because they’re driving without insurance coverage. No matter the circumstances, it’s always a good idea to call the police. The responding officer can take control of the scene and file a police report.
- Turning down medical treatment: For instance, there’s nothing wrong with accepting transportation from an ambulance to a local hospital. When you attempt to treat your injuries at home, you put your health and long-term well-being at risk. This also makes it more difficult to obtain the compensation you deserve.
By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll feel much better about your ability to take control of a bad situation.
As things begin to settle down, focus on the cause of the accident, your insurance policy and the steps you can take to obtain compensation for your injuries, property damage and other losses. You don’t want to miss out on any money to which you’re rightfully entitled.