Seven Things to Avoid After a Car Accident

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Updated July 31, 2020 | Auto Accidents |


Knowing what to avoid after a car accident can save you loads of time, but you have to stay in control.

After a car accident, you might react impulsively, especially if your car is totaled or you’re suffering from an injury. While reacting impulsively after a massive inconvenience is a go-to for many, it’s the last thing you want to do after a car accident.

What Not to Do After a Car Accident

Avoid doing these seven things after a car accident to have a smoother personal injury claim process.

Don’t Apologize or Admit Fault

You should always be calm and polite, but apologizing to the other driver or an insurance provider can be interpreted as admitting fault for the accident. An apology could mean that you’re denied coverage or made to be responsible for other damages.

Dont Panic

You just got into an accident and your car is totaled. You can’t afford to fix it, and dealing with insurance companies can be frustrating. It’s important to keep your cool. Losing your temper on the scene puts you in a bad position. Remember to always be respectful.

Don’t Speak to Anyone about the Accident

Only communicate with your insurance company and your lawyer. If you get a call from another insurance company or attorney, direct them to your own attorney or insurance company. Don’t talk to anyone on your own, as it could negatively affect your case.

Don’t Sign Off on the First Settlement Offer

Even if the settlement fits your needs like a glove, don’t make any decisions before talking it out with your attorney. Your injury attorney will make sure you walk away with the compensation you deserve.

Don’t File a Lawsuit without a Lawyer

In the heat of the moment, you might feel inclined to file a lawsuit on your own. But keep in mind that it can get complicated. The last thing you want is to be knee-deep in a lawsuit not knowing left from right. Don’t skimp on hiring a trustworthy accident injury lawyer before you take action.

Don’t Immediately Accept an Estimate or Appraisal for Damages

If you’re not satisfied with the estimate or appraisal costs that your insurance company offers, investigate on your own to find a price you’re more comfortable with. If your insurance company pushes back, keep pushing and hire an attorney to help you get what you deserve.

Don’t Wait to Receive Medical Treatment

Injuries from a car accident could take days or months to manifest. However, you shouldn’t wait until the pain surfaces to be evaluated. Take a trip to your family physician for a quick checkup as soon as you can after the accident. Save any and all records from the visit. If further medical attention is needed down the line or if you see any specialists, keep those records, too.

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident, you are urged to contact the law offices of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. Our Indianapolis car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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