Top Mistakes Drivers Make After a Car Accident
When drivers are involved in a car accident, they can become extremely emotional. Accidents occur quickly and out of the blue, which can overwhelm the victim the moment it occurs. Tons of questions coming from other drivers, police officers, and emergency personnel can be too much to handle as well. Aside from being bogged down with questions, a driver might be overcome with adrenaline and not be aware of his or her injuries.
Regardless, drivers who are involved in an accident tend to forget the simplest of things that are imperative to having a successful personal injury claim in New Jersey.
Failing to Report the Accident
Drivers who get into an accident and fail to report it to the proper authorities are unlikely to have a successful personal injury claim. No matter if it’s a fender-bender or a much more serious accident, you should insist that a police report be filed. The police report is an official record of the incident and could become a vital piece of evidence if your personal injury case moves to trial in New Jersey.
For future reference, always make sure to get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, license number, plate number, and insurance information.
Not Admitting Injuries
If you are in a car accident, do not tell medical personnel you are fine. You may not feel the pain from your injuries for some time after the incident, especially if the injuries received were a concussion or an internal bodily injury. It’s important to receive the proper medical attention in order for a doctor to accurately assess your condition.
Admitting You Are at Fault
If you are thinking about admitting your fault in a car accident, don’t! By admitting fault, you are telling the police you are guilty. This could deliver a significant blow to any chances you have at receiving compensation for your injuries.
Waiting to Seek Medical Attention
If you believe that you are hurt, you should seek medical attention ASAP. There is a limited amount of time to pursue compensation after an accident occurs. If you are complaining about a sore back for months, it might be too late to receive any type of financial relief if it’s discovered that you are seriously hurt.
Giving a Recorded Statement
After an accident, the insurance company will most likely request a recorded statement from the victim with the hopes of them admitting to the accident. However, you should not provide a statement until you have spoken with an experienced car accident attorney, like Anthony Carbone. Depending on the situation, your attorney may consent to providing a recorded statement; but typically, they will prepare the statement for you.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone
If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident in New Jersey, you need to contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone immediately. The consultation is free.