Every single day car crashes occur across the country, often resulting in serious injuries or even death. But while they are an unfortunate common occurrence, many who find themselves involved in one don’t know what to do.
The shock and damage associated with most car accidents can leave even the most composed person feeling a bit overwhelmed. But in an effort to try to remedy the situation actions are taken, which are meant to be productive, but are often just the opposite. Here are 6 things to avoid doing after a car accident.
Things to Avoid After a Car Accident
1. Not involving the police
You may be someone who doesn’t like to involve other people in your problems, or you may just not feel comfortable calling the police, but whether you have been involved in a serious accident or even just a minor rear-end collision, having the police come to the scene of the accident can make a big difference. When an officer arrives on the scene he or she will compose an Accident Report, which can serve as a reputable source in backing up your claim.
2. Saying You’re Sorry
Many of us have a tendency to apologize for things even when they are not our fault. Sometimes we apologize simply because we are uncomfortable or want to be nice. But while being kind is commendable, it can often backfire in the case of a car accident. Even a simple statement can be used against you in an effort to prove you are at fault.
3. Leaving the scene of the accident
Since car accidents can leave us in a state of shock and confusion, you may find yourself panicking or may not be thinking rationally; maybe you simply think that there was minimal damage to your car. But no matter what you may think, it is always important to stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. When you choose to leave (even if they tell you to) you can easily be accused of a hit-and-run.
4. Not gathering important evidence
It is extremely important that you collect evidence immediately after the accident while it is still “fresh.” This includes pictures of the vehicles, the scene, the information of the other driver and that of witnesses. Since evidence (and memory) fades with time, remember that time is of the essence. If you are unable to collect evidence at that time it is wise to enlist the help of someone whom you trust to do so for you.
5. Refusing medical treatment
You may think that you are perfectly fine, but many injuries don’t even make themselves known for days or even weeks later. Even if you feel okay it is in your best interest to seek medical treatment. If you don’t experience any injuries, no harm is done. But if you do incur an injury you will have important evidence to demonstrate that you seek medical attention. If you experience injury later on and have not done so, it can be difficult to prove to insurance that the injury resulted from the accident.
6. Failing to speak with a qualified NM car accident attorney
Even for small accidents, it is always a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced New Mexico car accident attorney. A qualified car accident attorney can help to ensure that you preserve the proper evidence and take the necessary steps to protect your interests.
MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it can feel overwhelming. But you shouldn’t have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of car accidents and a long history of dealing with insurance companies. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!
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