Being involved in a car accident is extremely stressful. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone and it is important to know what to avoid in order to protect yourself and your best interests. This is because one wrong decision can make a bad situation worse. It only takes the slightest wrong decision to ruin your rights to justice and compensation.
Here are some important things that you should avoid after a car accident:
Anything you say after an accident can be used against you. Therefore, do not admit fault or don’t even admit that the accident was partially your fault. For instance, after an accident you may feel bad that the person who crashed into your car was injured from the accident and you may say “I’m sorry.” Although you are saying sorry because they are hurt, this can be misinterpreted and be considered as an admission of guilt. As a result, it is always best to not say anything in order to protect your best interests and let your Los Angeles car accident attorney do the talking for you.
Do not leave the scene after you have been involved in an accident. Whether you are the at-fault driver or the victim of the accident, leaving the scene is illegal and can cost you. Unless you were seriously injured and you need immediate medical attention, you should never leave the scene until the police have arrived and a report has been made.
Oftentimes, people forget what to do after an accident because they may feel disoriented and it is easy for something to slip through the cracks. But one thing that you should never forget is to exchange insurance information with the other parties involved. Be sure to get the name of the insurance company, policy number, as well as the name, address, and phone number of all drivers involved. Also, don’t forget to take pictures of the other driver’s license, license plate number, and make/model of the vehicles involved. In addition, if there happens to be any witnesses, be sure to get their contact information as well because their statement can be valuable information used as evidence for your case.
After an accident, it is possible to not feel any pain because your adrenaline is running high. Because of this, many people who are involved in an accident do not seek immediate medical attention like they should. Not only is this dangerous to your health, but it can also hurt your case. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately after an accident to ensure there are not any underlying injuries that need to be addressed. Avoiding medical attention can worsen your injuries if left untreated.
If you have been injured in an accident, it is imperative that you contact our car accident lawyer in Los Angeles or Chicago as soon as possible to protect your best interests. At the Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, our team has extensive experience providing our clients with the legal help they need to ensure that they reach a fair resolution. Contact our team today to get a free consultation and get the help you need and deserve.