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What are common mistakes victims make after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2024 | Personal Injury

Car accidents have become an inevitable reality on the road. Nationwide fatal crashes have risen to over 16% from 2018 until 2022. Among all the states with the highest number of motor vehicle deaths, Connecticut accounts for the most significant increase since 2019 at 65%.

With such grim figures, it seems easy to assume that road users are now more aware of what to do when tragedy strikes. However, such a sudden and violent event can cause a person to forget what they know. Worse, injured parties may be so disoriented and traumatized that they commit severe mistakes that can jeopardize their case.

What not to do after a crash

While victims can recover compensation from liable parties, it takes work to prove a potential claim. No matter how small, a mistake can influence how much compensation a person can receive.

So, petitioners must avoid the following:

  • Admitting fault or apologizing in the heat of the moment, or sharing seemingly harmless comments that other involved parties can use against them
  • Waiting too long to seek medical care, which insurance companies can use to downplay the severity of injuries
  • Failing to contact the authorities and secure a police report that can include crucial information to establish the facts of the case
  • Accepting a low settlement from insurance companies that try to reduce payouts

Sometimes, those who fear they will commit a mistake resort to not doing anything at all. Instead of taking a proactive yet cautious approach, some victims suppress their trauma and behave as if nothing happened. Unfortunately, doing so only puts their well-being at serious risk.

Why navigating the process alone can be a fatal mistake

A crucial step to prevent mistakes after a collision is recognizing that the claims process requires a proper support system. With so much at stake, such as their physical, mental, emotional and financial stability, victims cannot afford to take chances. Instead, they can benefit from having a legal team to save them from committing grave mistakes.