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5 Common Mistakes Made After a Car Accident

Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident is an emotionally overwhelming and even traumatic experience. In the heat of the moment with adrenaline coursing through your body, it is easy to make certain mistakes that could negatively affect your claim and/or compensation. 

The following are five common mistakes people often make after a car accident: 

  1. Admitting fault – Even when we accidentally bump into someone, it is natural to say, “I’m sorry.” Unfortunately, apologizing after a collision could be misinterpreted as an admission of fault, which makes you liable for any damage or injuries incurred by the other driver. Even if you believe you caused the accident, you do not know the full picture yet, so avoid admitting fault. 

  1. Not calling the police – Whether you were involved in a minor fender-bender or a serious multi-vehicle crash, you need to contact law enforcement officials to the scene. Not only can the police ensure emergency responders tend to the injured parties and divert traffic away from the scene, but they can also file a police report that you could use as evidence in your case. 

  1. Not collecting evidence at the scene – To prove your side of the story in your insurance claim or in court, you must have supporting evidence from the scene of the accident, such as photographs, videos, the police report, medical records, and witness testimony. Many people forget to do these things because of all the emotions they’re going through directly after the crash. 

  1. Not seeking medical attention – When your adrenaline is running high during the accident scene, you may not feel any pain and assume you are injury-free. However, sometimes the symptoms of injuries – mostly soft tissue injuries – can take hours or days after the accident. If you fail to see a doctor immediately after the accident and later claim you actually suffered injuries, this can be a red flag. 

  1. Accepting the initial settlement offer – It is extremely tempting to accept the first settlement offer because you need the money, and you want to put this accident behind you for good. However, the first offer is not always the best. If you wish to get a fair settlement, you need to fully pursue your claim – with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. 

One of the most important steps to take immediately after a car accident is to hire a personal injury attorney to help you avoid making any mistakes. At Orr Law Firm, we are committed to protecting your rights and best interests throughout the legal process and maximizing your entitled settlement. 

Injured in a car accident in Denver? Contact us today at (303) 747-4247 for a free consultation.