Getting into a car crash can be one of the most stressful experienced in your life. One second, your day is going along just like normal. The next second, everything changes. There are a thousand things you suddenly have to worry about. Are you okay? Are the other drivers okay? How is your car? What are you going to do? Many people have no idea what steps should be taken following an accident. People make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes can cost them. Hastings & Hastings is here to tell you about 3 mistakes you should avoid making following an accident.
- You Don’t Involve the Authorities
Not calling the authorities after an accident is a major mistake. You need to call 911 no-matter-what. Even if it was a minor collision, it needs to be documented. Without a paper trail,you could face major difficulties should you need to pursue legal action. You NEED a police report. You need someone to assess the severity of the action. Without tickets or documentation, you have nothing.
- Ignoring Minor Aches and Pains
Even in low-speed collisions, it is common to develop aches and pains. Never ignore these. Visit a medical professional. You will likely be full of adrenaline following an accident. This could mask the pain associated with an injury. Trauma to the spine could manifest itself days, weeks, even months after the accident. Again, documentation is crucial. Without a full medical workup, you may have trouble proving the extent of your injuries should you pursue legal action.
- Immediately Calling Insurance Providers
Often individuals call their insurance providers right after their accident. You should always consult with a legal professional BEFORE your insurance provider. This is to protect your legal rights. At all costs, avoid making a statement on the records.