When you’ve been involved in an automobile crash, you may want to rush the accident report process. However, you should try to avoid some of the most common post-accident mistakes.
The last thing you may feel like doing is waiting around after you’ve been in an automobile accident. The thing is, you need to take your time, and waiting maybe your best option. There are reasons why the post-accident process must not be rushed. Remember, no matter how sure you are about not being at fault, you and your attorney are the only ones going to bat for you, at the end of the day.
THE ACCIDENT AND 3 COMMON MISTAKES
One of your most powerful tools during the post-accident process is your intellect. Knowing and understanding the 3 most common mistakes made after an accident will help you make the right decisions at the right time. In case you weren’t aware, here are the most common mistakes to avoid.
RUSHING INTO TRAPS AND MAKING ASSUMPTIONS
If you think you can trust your insurance company as you trusted them, you may be wrong. Never assume that since you know you’re not at fault, that your insurance company will back you without question. Never agree to recorded statements and don’t snatch the first offer made by your insurance company. Take your time and remember to trust your own instincts and your attorney.
DON’T OVERSHARE AND DON’T SYMPATHIZE
You may want to sympathize with the other driver but don’t. You should never share that you could have been speeding either. You should stay by your vehicle and remain silent. Also, do not tell anyone you know that you are fine and need no medical attention. You would be surprised how others will use your kindness against you.
POLICE REPORTS AREN’T PROOF OF FAULT
Although the police report may have valuable information proving fault, you should never let your guard down and assume the report is all the proof you need. Stay vigilant and gather as much proof as you can regardless. Also, remember to check the police report for accurate information, asking for copies of photos, and checking the date.
SEEK YOUR ATTORNEY’S HELP
To ensure you have the best odds at winning your case, you should speak with an attorney at Fry | Goehring. We specialize in helping our clients get a fair chance at what they deserve. Visit our website and schedule an appointment with us today.