Dellutri Law Group - November 2018

6 Common Mistakes to Avoid

After a Car Accident

Motor vehicle accidents can be traumatizing and overwhelming, especially if you or someone else was injured. Aside from dealing with the initial shock of what just happened, you might endure days, weeks, or even months of difficulties as you deal with the aftermath of the accident. It’s important to understand that if you’re involved in a car accident, the actions you take immediately following the accident can significantly affect your ability to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. Knowing what steps to take will

help to reduce stress, speed up the auto insurance claims process, and lower how much you’ll pay for repairs and medical treatment.

provide simple, factual answers to all of the questions the police ask you.

4. REFUSING MEDICAL TREATMENT Seeing a doctor following an accident could potentially save your life if you sustain serious injuries without obvious symptoms. It can also help preserve your right to make a personal injury claim in the future. 5. NOT REPORTING THE ACCIDENT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY You have an obligation to notify your insurance company after an accident, and failing to notify them could void your coverage. Plus, you don’t know whether the other driver will follow through on their promises or if they have the money to cover your damage, injuries, and other losses. important that you take pictures of everything at the scene of the accident, including damage to all cars, skid marks, the positions of the cars, damage to street signs or other property, the airbag, the odometer, and more. 6. NOT TAKING PICTURES It’s

Here are the six most common mistakes to avoid after a car accident:

1. NOT CALLING THE POLICE

You should always call the police immediately following an accident. In most cases, the police will come to the scene and write up an accident report. 2. FORGETTING TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION Always collect the contact information for all drivers and witnesses, driver’s license information, license plate numbers, insurance company name, insurance policy numbers, and the make and model of all vehicles involved. 3. ADMITTING FAULT Even if you feel as if you’re to blame for the accident, you should never admit fault. There are many factors involved in causing a crash, and those factors may not be apparent to you immediately after an accident. Instead of taking the blame,

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