After an accident, emotions can run high. Adrenaline is pumping through your system and a million thoughts can run through your mind. You may remember to get the insurance information. But what should you not do after the accident? What mistakes should you avoid?
After an accident, you should avoid:
- Apologizing for the accident - Your first instinct after a crash may be to apologize. However, if your case goes to court, the other driver may try to argue that your apology is an admission of guilt. By avoiding a direct apology, you can avoid potential issues with your case down the road.
- Failing to file a report or contact the police - In New York, you are required to report your accident if there is $1,001 or more in property damage. It does not take much damage to your vehicle to result in $1,001 in repairs. Additionally, you must contact the police if there is an injury, a fatality, damage to a parked vehicle or other property, or if a domestic animal is injured. You could face serious consequences if you do not follow the proper steps after an accident.
- Accepting the insurance company's first offer - The insurance adjustor works for the insurance company. While he or she may be sympathetic to the pain and suffering you have endured, their job is to look out for their employer's bottom line. As a result, you should negotiate for the best possible settlement you can receive to ensure your costs and medical bills are covered. An attorney can help you fight for a fair settlement.
- Handling your claim on your own - If the other driver was negligent, you have rights. You have the right to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and you r own pain and suffering. To maximize the compensation you will receive and enforce your rights, you should work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer can help you get full and fair compensation for your injuries, and your lawyer can take your case to court if that becomes necessary. If you try to handle your case on your own, you could lose out on the compensation you deserve.
- Stopping medical treatment if you still need it - Taking time off work to receive medical treatment can be difficult. However, it is important that you continue to receive medical treatment until you are fully recovered. If you stop receiving treatment, it could impact your ability to get compensation for your full injuries down the road.
Paris & Chaikin, PLLC, is a New York law firm with extensive experience handling car accident cases on behalf of accident victims.