According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 5 million car accidents each year in the United States. If you’re involved in one, it’s important to know what not to do after the accident in order to protect yourself and your legal rights. Here are five common mistakes that people make after a car accident.
1. Not Calling the Police
Not calling the police after a car accident is a mistake that many people make. This is especially true if there are any injuries or significant damage to the cars involved. The police will investigate the accident and create a report that will be used in any legal proceedings. They will also provide emergency assistance if needed. If you don’t call the police, you could end up making things more difficult for yourself down the road.
2. Not Gathering Information from the Other Driver
In the chaos of a car accident, it’s easy to forget to get information from the other driver. But this is important, especially if there are any injuries or damage to the cars. Make sure you get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, and insurance information. If there are any witnesses, make sure to get their contact information as well. If possible, take pictures of the scene and damage to the cars.
3. Not Seeing a Doctor After an Accident
If you’re injured in a car accident, it’s important to see a doctor right away. Many injuries don’t manifest themselves until hours or even days after the accident. By seeing a doctor right away, you can document your injuries and begin treatment if needed. Refusing medical attention at the scene of the accident can be used against you later if you do end up needing treatment.
4. Not Consulting an Attorney
If you’re injured in a car accident, it’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you protect your legal rights and file a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. If you try to handle things on your own, you may not receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Insurance companies are known for lowballing accident victims, but an attorney can help you get the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to.
5. Admitting Fault
The biggest mistake you can make after a car accident is admitting fault. In many cases, it’s not clear who is at fault for an accident. By admitting fault, you could be opening yourself up to liability, even if you only mutter a sorry. Leave the fault to be determined by the police and insurance companies. If you’re asked by the other driver to take responsibility, politely decline and wait for the authorities to arrive.
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If you’ve been involved in a New Jersey car accident, Richard Schibell is here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our legal team will pursue damages ranging from medical bills to lost wages, emotional distress, and more. Even if you’re slightly at fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover damages. Call us today at 732-774-1000 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers.