Typical mistakes after car crashes

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents |

When a car accident happens in Connecticut, victims must act appropriately to deal with the situation. Unfortunately, drivers may be prone to make mistakes because of the unexpected and unnerving nature of collisions. These mistakes could cause many problems for them, both immediately after the accident and in the future.

Errors after vehicle crashes

Making a self-diagnosis about injuries or not taking action to preserve one’s safety could be hazardous. Seeking medical attention and, if possible, moving the vehicle out of traffic are advisable. Not calling the police to the scene might be a significant mistake since the police may restore order and compile a police report.

A police report may be used as evidence, as might medical records. Not gathering evidence might work against an accident victim, as evidence of negligence is a vital part of a civil lawsuit. Other steps include procuring the driver’s license and insurance information of the other party and contacting any witnesses.

Issues of liability

It is generally advised that victims should not admit any fault to the other party. The victim’s perceptions could be inaccurate, and some might admit fault when they are not to blame. Admitting fault could also hurt the victim’s ability to file a civil claim when involved in motor vehicle accidents.

Telling an insurance adjuster too much might work against the claimant. An insurance adjuster could use the victim’s words as the basis for offering a low settlement. Being too quick to accept a settlement may also hurt the ability to receive an appropriate settlement.