Being involved in a car accident is a shocking, frightening, and emotional experience. Due to feeling overwhelmed at the moment, it can be difficult to think clearly and properly handled the situation to ensure you are safe and you properly file an accident claim. When you commit an error in the aftermath of the crash, it can jeopardize your chance to recover the compensation you deserve.
The five most common mistakes people can make after a car accident include the following:
- Admitting guilt – Although saying “I’m sorry” is considered a polite gesture after accidentally bumping into somebody while walking on a street, doing so after a car accident can be viewed as an admission of guilt. Even if you believe that you were at fault, perhaps the other driver involved is partially to blame somehow, so there is no way to know all of the details surrounding an accident.
- Failing to seek medical immediate medical treatment – If you are injured in a car accident, you need to seek medical attention right away. Waiting weeks or months to seek medical care in order to see if your injuries can heal over time can significantly harm your claim. Not only is it important for your health, but having documented medical evidence can benefit your case.
- Failing to document the scene – If it is possible, take photos of the scene of the accident, the damages to both vehicles involved, the condition of the road, and the surrounding area, including witnesses. If you fail to preserve the key evidence in your case, it will weaken your ability to obtain a reasonable settlement.
- Giving too much information to the insurance company – If the at-fault party’s insurance provider contacts you for a recorded statement, do not do so. Remember, their insurance adjuster is not on your side, no matter how friendly they appear. But when it comes to your auto insurance policy, only provide basic information and avoid going into too much detail.
- Accepting the first settlement – Although a quick settlement may sound like a good thing, the first offer is often the lowest. The insurance company wants to spend as little as possible settling your claim. Once you settle, you cannot reopen your case, especially if your recovery takes longer than expected.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Oklahoma City, schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Dan Davis today.