Auto accidents can happen at any time and usually when you least expect it. Once it happens, a flood of emotions usually comes over you. Assuming you aren’t seriously hurt you likely have adrenaline rushing through your body and panic setting in. It is during a time like this that it can be easy to make big mistakes that could potentially cost you in the long run.
Among the more typical mistakes many motorists make following an accident are:
Not Calling the Police
This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when you get into an accident. Getting the police involved can be unsettling, even if you know you are not at fault. Yet not calling can make filing a claim with the insurance company exponentially harder. Police Reports offer extremely valuable and credible statements that both attorneys and insurance adjusters rely on to determine fault.
Leaving the Accident Scene
Unfortunately, this happens all too often and can carry heavy consequences in Indiana. Leaving the scene of a car accident is not only a criminal offense, but can also put you in a position to be accused of a hit and run, which can result in hefty fines and even jail time.
It’s natural to want to apologize to the other person involved in the accident – especially if you really believe the accident was your fault. However, admitting fault at the scene of the accident can make you liable for property and bodily damages incurred by the other party. Accidents often happen so quickly that the details are blurry until more information is gathered, don’t admit fault when you may not have to.
Not Seeking Medical Treatment
This can be a risky choice after a car accident – especially if you may need to file a bodily injury claim later down the road. Often, pain or injuries from car accidents aren’t apparent until several days after the accident. Head injuries and internal bleeding are two of the most common injuries from car accidents and can often be the most severe and require immediate medical treatment. Never wait when it comes to getting yourself checked out by a medical professional.
Speaking to Insurance Companies without an Attorney Involved
Insurance adjusters can be tricky. Insurance companies are much like the police and abide strongly by the well-known phrase: “anything you say can and will be used against you.” Avoid giving insurance companies any information besides basic details before consulting with an experienced attorney.
Accepting a Settlement without Consulting With an Attorney
This is easily the biggest mistake victims of auto accidents can make. Insurance companies will rarely offer you their best settlement immediately. With the looming threat of litigation and potential court fees on the line, insurance companies are much more apt to treat your case with the diligence and compensation you deserve when they see you have official legal representation.
When you work with an experienced firm like Bashore Green Law, you’ll have an entire team of highly skilled attorneys and legal experts on your side. We will work with you to create a strategy that best fits your circumstances. Contact us today!