Car accidents are scary and chaotic. You may feel overwhelmed and confused as you wait for the police and make your statement, but the process does not end there.
You also have to file claims with your insurance company and get your vehicle repaired. However, there are a few common mistakes you should avoid.
As you wait for the police, you may feel tempted to speak with the drivers of other vehicles involved in the car accident. However, doing so is not a good idea. Never state that you were at fault, even to your insurance company, police and other drivers, even if you were.
Also, avoid talking about distractions and injuries, especially if you think you are fine. Do not talk about your insurance coverage or vehicle specifications.
Not getting medical attention
Feeling an injury after an accident can take several hours because your adrenaline runs high, which could mask any pain. Therefore, you should see a doctor as soon as you can. If you do not feel any pain, you can visit your general practitioner, but you should do it quickly. Consider visiting urgent care if you cannot get into your doctor’s office immediately.
Most of the time, an EMT can check you out at the scene, but you should still see a doctor. If you feel extreme pain, have the EMTs take you to the emergency room.
Avoid apologizing to the other drivers involved for the accident or your actions. This is especially crucial if the fault is not easily determined or you are not at fault. An apology could seem like an admission of guilt.
To get the best results in your car accident recovery, file your insurance claim as soon as you can and start gathering evidence to support your case.