Things to Avoid When Involved in an Automobile Accident

Significant proof can be acquired or maintained when you are aware of what to do when you are involved in a car accident resulting in injuries.

It is also important to be aware of the things to avoid following the accident.

Being involved in an automobile accident is nerve-wracking and can make it difficult to make sound decisions, especially when serious injuries are involved. However, a number of things should be avoided when you become involved in an automobile accident.

Things to Avoid After a Car Accident

  • Avoid speaking with anyone except for the law enforcers about the events that led to the accident. In a number of instances, you may incorrectly think that certain things leading up to the accident occurred in a particular order since accidents happen fast. It may also be possible for you to incorrectly presume distances and times in the accident.
  • Avoid expressing regret, making an apology, or even hope that the accident could be prevented. This may be distorted and taken to mean that you are admitting to causing the accident.
  • Avoid leaving the accident site unless all the information about registration, insurance, and drivers’ license are exchanged. The only exception to this rule is when you were injured in the accident and could not provide the information.
  • Avoid providing the insurance adjuster a written or recorded declaration. The declaration can be used to reduce the extent of your injuries or identify any contradictions to other declarations you will make at a later date.
  • Avoid trying to resolve the case on your own. There are instances when injuries may seem slight, and it may not show any obvious yet severe conditions that may emerge later on. One example is fibromyalgia, which is a recurring pain condition affecting the entire body resulting from physical distress. It may not be detected until a couple of months following the accident. The same principle is used for disc herniation or similar spine issues. When you come to an early settlement, you may have to let go of potential compensation in the future, which may be a significant amount.

What You Should Do

  • Ask for medical attention even if your injuries are minor. A number of injuries are associated with shock may not show any symptoms until a couple of hours following the accident. The insurance company of the other party may also contend that you did not suffer any serious injuries if you refuse to be attended by medical personnel or else you would have asked for emergency care at the site of the accident.

Being aware of the things to avoid can help your case greatly. An experienced attorney can help you present your case in a way that will get you the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

If you have been in a car accident in Missouri, contact a St. Louis car accident lawyer at our Law Firm by calling (314) 361-4242 or by filling out the free consultation request form on the right.


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