After an unexpected collision, it’s difficult to think clearly. You have a lot of concerns running through your head:
- Is anyone hurt?
- How much is this going to cost?
- When am I going to have time to get this damage repaired?
- Ugh, now I will have to deal with insurance agencies.
With all of the chaos after a crash, it can be easy to react without thinking. However, it’s crucial you avoid these mistakes after a car accident.
1. Admitting Guilt
Everything you say after a car accident can potentially come back to bite you. You may be inclined to jump out of the car and say sorry, even if the accident wasn’t your fault. Refrain from doing this - saying sorry can later be used as evidence that you accept fault for the accident.
Instead, show concern by asking if everyone is okay.
2. Failing to Gather Evidence
Did you know that when people are stressed, they struggle to create accurate short-term memories, thus preventing them from forming long-term memories? You can’t rely on memory alone to recall all of the details of your car accident. It’s best to collect as much photographic evidence as you can at the scene to supplement your memory.
If possible, take pictures of:
- The other driver’s insurance information
- The other driver’s license plate and car
- Damage to your vehicle
- Your injuries
- The surrounding area
Additionally, if you and the other party give different reports of what caused the accident or who was at fault, photographic evidence can help shed light on what really occurred.
3. Leaving the Scene
Leaving the scene after a car accident is one of the worst possible mistakes to make. This is especially true if the accident resulted in someone being injured or killed. If you leave, you could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the severity of the accident.
Texas law requires you to stay at the scene and:
- Get medical assistance for anyone who is injured
- Exchange information
- If the police have been called, wait for them to arrive
4. Settling Too Quickly
We understand that dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is frustrating, and you want it over with as quickly as possible. However, accepting a settlement too fast can cause you to receive less compensation than what you deserve.
Once you accept a settlement offer, you cannot ask for more in the future.
A personal injury attorney knows what it takes to get the highest possible payout from insurance companies. You can trust the lawyers at Scott H. Palmer, P.C. to fight for you to get the compensation you deserve following a traumatic car accident. Contact us today to share the details of your accident with our Dallas injury attorneys.