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What mistakes should you avoid making after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

It is almost inevitable to be involved in a car accident at some point. When that happens, it’s crucial to avoid making mistakes. These are some of the most common mistakes that West Virginia motorists make and should be avoided if at all possible.

Arguing with the other driver

Emotions may be high after a car accident, but you should never argue with the other driver. Don’t even make conversation except to exchange information and check if the other driver and occupants of the vehicle are alright. Saying the wrong things can work against you even if you’re not the one at fault for the accident.

Refusing medical attention

One of the biggest mistakes you can make after a car accident is to refuse medical attention. Your injuries may not be immediately known, so it’s best not to second-guess. This is not the time to be tough.  You could end up having internal injuries that need immediate care. If it turns out you’re not seriously injured, getting medical attention can ease your mind.

Giving the wrong insurance to medical providers

Injured persons tend believe that the at-fault party’s insurance company is the one who should be billed for medical treatment.  This is NOT true, at least at first.  Although the other at-fault party may ultimately responsible for the medical bills, you should provide treatment providers with your own insurance information.  Your attorney (and hopefully you get one) can then work with insurance companies to ensure your medical bills get paid by the proper entity and you are fairly compensated for your injuries, while you take the time to get well.

Fleeing the scene

Never flee the scene of a car accident. Even if you’re not the one at fault, it can result in hit-and-run charges against you later. Stay put and wait for the police to arrive.

Not calling 911

Car accidents resulting in injuries and property damage require the police to come to the scene. Never neglect to call 911. Many drivers think they can handle things on their own, but things might be more serious than initially believed. Police can also make an accident report that could be vital if you file a personal injury claim.

Not documenting the scene

Not documenting the scene is one of the biggest mistakes you could make. You will want to have evidence to present if you file a claim against the other driver. Photos and a journal of the events can serve as valuable evidence.  Do your best to get the names and phone numbers of all persons who witnessed the accident.