While getting involved in a car accident is already a traumatic experience, you won’t believe how much of a spiraling nightmare it can become after the fact. In many cases, people don’t only fail to get the compensation they deserve, but they can actually have the tables turned against them, even if they weren’t originally responsible. And the worst thing is that they often actually bring it upon themselves by making uninformed decisions. This is why everyone should know exactly what to do after an accident and what mistakes to avoid. Here are some crucial mistakes you should avoid after being implicated in an accident.
Speaking to the Other Party’s Insurance Company First
You should never, under any circumstances, start talking with the other party’s insurance company before you talk with your lawyer. Why? Because insurance companies are experts at trying to get you to admit any kind of wrongdoing and use it against you. Even something seemingly totally innocent could end up hurting you in the end and affecting your case.
According to Rhino Lawyers, insurance companies will even stoop as low as using old traffic citations against you and make it look like you were the party at fault here. So, make sure that you speak with your lawyer first and never give any kind of recorded statement before you do.
Admitting Any Kind of Fault
Another mistake you should avoid at all cost is admitting any kind of fault at any time. Even saying something as simple as “I’m sorry” after an accident could be interpreted as admitting fault. Everything you say and do can be used against you in a court of law, and this is not just a cliché. So, if we were to give you a piece of advice, it would be to keep your mouth shut and only stick to the facts when talking with the police. Other than that, wait until you speak with your lawyer.
There may also be times when you think that you are the one at fault, even though the accident may have been caused by other factors. Even if you think you might be at fault, you don’t need to confess or admit to anything.
Not Taking Enough Evidence
You should do everything in your power to take a much evidence of the scene if you want to help your case. Try to get as much testimony evidence as you can and keep the witness’ contact information. Take as many pictures as you can from the scene, whether it’s skid marks, streets signs, debris, or any type of damage to public property, like guardrails, for instance. You should also take detailed pictures and/or video of your vehicle and the other person’s vehicle as well. All of this evidence will be used to prove your case and establish who’s truly at fault.
While accidents are often totally out of our control, one thing you can do is control your behavior after you’re involved with one. Make sure that you refrain from committing any of these mistakes and know the exact course of action if you find yourself implicated in an accident.