The actions you take directly after an auto accident has occurred can affect any personal injury case you may file later down the road. Unfortunately, after an accident, people are not thinking that far ahead, and in some cases, may not be thinking clearly at all. If you have were involved in an auto accident, here are three mistakes that you should avoid making.
Accepting Any Fault
Following a car accident, the last thing you want to do is say or write anything that can be construed as accepting fault for the car accident. After the accident, you may be inclined to get out of your car and tell the other driver how sorry you are or say something about how you should have been more careful. Statements like this imply fault and can ultimately come back to haunt you. It is fine to get out of your car, make sure the other driver is ok and be polite. But just be mindful of the statements you make or write after an accident.
Posting About the Accident on Social Media
Another mistake that you can make after an auto accident is posting about the accident on social media. Many people are quick to post pictures of the accident; make statements about the accident, such as saying how lucky they were that they walked away without injury; or to admit they had some fault in the accident, such as saying look at what happened while speeding today. It is advised that you never make any postings about a car accident on social media, even if your account is private. Attorneys can subpoena your accounts and use what you say against you.
Failing to Get Medical Treatment
The last common mistake you can make after being involved in an automobile accident is failing to get medical treatment. Following a car accident, you may not feel any pain at all due to the adrenaline pumping through your body. In the days after the accident, you may feel stiff or sore. Many people think that this is common and assume the pain will go away in a few days if they just take it easy, use heating pads, or take over-the-counter medications. If you were involved in a car accident and are experiencing pain or think you may be injured, seek medical treatment right away. Seeking treatment helps to document when your pain started and helps tie the injuries to your car accident.
Have you been involved in an automobile accident and sustained injuries as a result of the accident? Then be sure to schedule a consultation with an auto accident law firm, such as Randall A. Wolff & Associates, LTD. They can help you determine whether you have a personal injury case and how to proceed if you do. Most auto accidents lawyers offer free consultations so be sure to schedule yours today.