5 Common Mistakes People Make After a Car Accident

Author: Mesriani Law Group
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Car accidents can be stressful. After making sure you’re safe, you’ll need to think about everything you need to do to build a case against the other driver. With so much going on, it’s easy to make a mistake. 

To ensure you have the strongest case possible, make sure to avoid common mistakes people have made after car accidents. Learn more about the 5 common mistakes below:

Forgetting to Collect Important Information

Accidents can be traumatizing. It can be hard to think clearly after you’ve just been injured in an accident because you have so much on your mind. But one of the most important things you need to do is collect information as soon as possible.

Before leaving the accident scene, make sure you gather relevant information including:

  • Names and contact information of the other driver
  • Names, contact information, and statements from any witnesses
  • Copy of the accident report
  • Name and badge number of the police officer who completed the report
  • Photos of the accident scene including damages to all vehicles involved

If you file a claim, this evidence will be used and can help your case.

Admitting Fault

After a car accident, you’ll talk to a lot of people including the other drive, police, witnesses, and your insurance company. But no matter what you say, you should never apologize or admit fault. Even saying phrases like “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you” could be interpreted as assuming liability for the accident.

Underestimating Your Injuries

A lot of victims don’t realize it, but a car accident can cause serious injuries. At first, you may feel sore or stiff and think it’s normal. However, sometimes these symptoms could be part of a more serious injury that may take a few days or weeks to show.

Sometimes, victims don’t think they’re injured because they’re in shock after an accident. It’s best to seek medical advice any time after you’re in an accident so a medical professional can correctly diagnose you.

Talking About Your Claim on Social Media

While you have an open case, it’s important to be careful about anything you share online. Any information you share could be used against you to weaken your case. Even a simple status update about how you’re feeling could be detrimental to your case. If possible, stay away from posting on social media. If friends or family ask about how you’re doing, respond privately.

Settling for Less Than You Deserve

Insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible. They may try to pressure you to take their first offer in hopes that you’ll settle for the least amount of compensation possible.

As California’s most proven and trusted personal injury law firm, we know how much compensation is fair for each case. With our expert attorney by your side, we’ll get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer Today

No one likes getting into accidents. But when it happens to you, make sure you don’t make mistakes that could jeopardize your case. Our expert personal injury attorneys at Mesriani Law Group can help you with your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.