Confusion, frustration and even panic are common responses after a car crash. When someone merges into you on the highway or fails to stop at an intersection, you may have big property damages and injuries to handle.
It is normal to feel shaken up and unsure of what to do next right after a car crash, which is why it’s important to learn about the right steps to take and the mistakes to avoid. That way, if you ever do get into a crash, you won’t make a mistake that will have a negative impact on your rights.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make after a collision caused by another driver?
They agree not to report the matter to the police
Traffic laws require that you report any collision that results in injuries or property damage within 10 days at the latest. If the other driver tries to convince you not to call to make a police report, they probably have a reason for doing so.
Inactive insurance policies and suspended licenses are both common reasons why drivers don’t want to involve law enforcement after a wreck. If you agree and choose not to file a police report after the crash, you will be in a difficult position if the other party does not make good on their promises to reimburse you for your losses.
They don’t go to a medical facility after a car crash
Car crashes can cause life-altering injuries, not all of which are obvious right away. A traumatic brain injury might not produce any obvious symptoms for several, for example.
You need to advocate for yourself by asking for the right tests and making sure you point out the symptoms you have in addition to describing the motion of the crash so the doctor can evaluate you for risks like internal bleeding. Inadequate evaluation and treatment could make it hard for you to prove that your injuries are the result of a crash or might even worsen your prognosis.
They settled with the insurance company as quickly as they can
No one wants to partake in protracted, unpleasant negotiations with an insurance company. However, those negotiations are often part of getting the medical coverage and property damage reimbursement you deserve after a wreck. Settling too quickly absolves the insurance company of its responsibility to you and may prevent you from seeking more compensation in the future.
Taking the right steps after a motor vehicle collision will protect your rights and possibly even your health.