The moments following a car accident are often filled with adrenaline and confusion. In this chaotic aftermath, you could unknowingly make mistakes that impact your recovery and any personal injury claims.
Understanding some of the most common mistakes and how they affect your case can help you better manage the situation.
Fleeing the scene
Your body’s fight-or-flight response could trigger an impulse to run in the aftermath of your accident. Leaving the scene of an accident not only jeopardizes your safety but can also leave you facing legal repercussions. Stay where you are, assess the situation and document any injuries and physical damage while you wait for the authorities.
Refusing medical attention
Medical attention is more important than you think after an accident. The adrenaline your body produces afterward can mask signs of injuries. Additionally, some injuries may not manifest symptoms right away. Get your condition documented by emergency medical responders on the scene so you have records for a claim.
Even a simple statement such as “I am so sorry” when you get out of your car might seem like an admission of fault after an accident. Choose your words carefully when speaking with the other party involved, any witnesses and even law enforcement.
Settling too soon
When the other party’s insurance company calls you with a settlement offer, you might feel tempted to accept it right away for closure. Settling too soon could leave you with much less than you deserve. Wait until you know your long-term prognosis and costs before you agree to settle.
Posting on social media
Anything you post on social media about the accident becomes evidence in the claim. This information, taken out of context, might reflect poorly on your case. Avoid posting anything about the accident, negotiations or settlement.
Nearly 21% of the car accidents in Illinois in 2021 resulted in injury. Be mindful of your actions after an accident to protect your right to compensation for your injuries.