Many of us may have a general idea of what to do after an accident. But what should we not do? What are the common mistakes we can make that could have a substantial impact on our case? Below, you will find a list of errors that we should avoid if we are ever involved in a situation like this.
- Admitting responsibility. This is one of the most severe mistakes we can make. It is natural for a person to apologize for what just happened. But remember that these situations are fraught with stress and confusion. Saying “I'm sorry” is like admitting that you were at fault for the accident.
- Not calling the police. The report that the police will prepare at the accident scene is crucial to understand what happened and who was responsible. In addition, they collect all the evidence within that report, take photographs, and speak with witnesses who have observed the situation.
- Not collecting evidence. You, too, can gather your own evidence, in addition to the police. If you are physically fit to move around, take photos of everything you can. Pictures of how the cars ended up after the crash (road position, damage, etc.); Take photos of all the road signs you see around you, as this will help determine what each driver should have been doing at the time of the accident. Gather contact information for the other driver, as well as potential witnesses.
- Not seeking medical attention. Some of the injuries and symptoms that we can suffer after an accident do not appear immediately. Sometimes it can take days or even weeks to appear. It is crucial to have a professional doctor check you up after the accident to ensure that you are not injured. This is essential when seeking compensation for damages.