6 Things You Should Never Do After A Car Accident
Usually, the most convenient way to get around is by driving. Your vehicle is one of the most reliable ways to get you to work, the kids to school, or the family out of town for a weekend trip. With so many people on the road these days, it is not uncommon to see a car accident or two. Luckily, most car accidents are minor or non-life threatening. However, some car accidents can be severe, causing major damages and injuries.
Most drivers know what to do following a car incident, such as calling the police and exchanging contact information. There are, however, things drivers should not do following a car accident to ensure they get the compensation they deserve for damages and injuries.
1. DO NOT Let the Other Driver Convince You They’ll Pay for Damages
Some drivers will try to keep you from calling the police and getting insurance involved, don’t fall for this. Too often we find that these types of arrangements do not go through as planned. In the end, you have little to no proof that the accident occurred and no real proof of your injuries. Therefore, you should always call the police so a report can be made.
2. DO NOT Apologize
After an accident, it is human nature to get out of the car to check on the other person and apologize. Although you may be apologizing that the two of you were involved in an incident, the other driver can use this apology as proof that you felt guilty because you are the faulting party. Therefore, check on the welfare of the other person involved in the accident, but don’t say anything.
3. DO NOT Wait to Seek Medical Attention
There are a number of reasons why people wait to see a doctor after they have been involved in an accident. The most common reasons are that they either doubt the injuries are severe, the visit may be an inconvenience, or they may not have medical insurance. Regardless, waiting to seek treatment can hinder your case. The longer you wait to get treated, the harder it is for your attorney to prove your injuries.
4. DO NOT Make a Recorded Statement with the Insurance Company
You are NOT obligated to make a recorded statement to the insurance company handling your claim. Most likely it is the insurance company of the driver who hit you. Insurance claim adjusters are trained to ask leading questions to trap you into making statements that could hurt your claim later. They may ask “how are you feeling” days or weeks after your car accident. If you answer “okay” or “better”, they’ll use that against you when assessing your injury claim.
If the insurance claim adjuster insists on you making a recording, direct them to call your Houston car accident attorney at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm.
5. DO NOT Accept the First Settlement Thrown at You
It is not uncommon for the insurance company to offer you a low settlement offer and tell you it is the best you are going to get. They are aware that you need the money for bills and property damages. Know that if you accept the offer and cash the check they give you, you waive your right to any further legal action. The right thing for you to do is allow your experienced personal injury attorney to handle negotiations.
6. DO NOT Forget to Contact an Experienced Houston Car Accident Attorney
After an accident, there’s going to be a number of people wanting to speak with you, get information, and ultimately treat your case as if it is a burden for them to handle. Call (713) 524-8139 or go online to set up a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney at Pusch and Nguyen Law Firm. The consultation is free, and you pay nothing until your case is settled.