Many people inadvertently make mistakes after they are in a
car accident. Often, these errors can significantly affect a person’s accident
or injury claim. This is why it is important to be informed about what
you should and shouldn’t do immediately after a car accident. Below,
we explain some mistakes that are commonly made by people after a car accident.
Not Calling the Police
A police report can be used as an objective record of what took place during
the accident. A police report will also help to prevent other drivers
or witnesses from attempting to make false claims. It is a good idea to
have valid documentation, especially if you plan to file an accident or
It’s important to avoid language than can be misinterpreted as an
admission of fault or negligence. An admission of fault can be used against
you when you attempt to collect damages. Determining who is the at-fault
party can’t be done until all evidence has been collected and disseminated.
Not Exchanging Insurance Information
No matter how minor you think your accident was, you should always exchange
insurance information with any parties involved in the collision. Get
the name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance
information, license plate number, and the make and model of the other
driver’s vehicle. You’ll need this information if you plan
to get legal help.
Not Taking Pictures
If the accident scene is safe, take photos of any visible damage. Try to
get pictures of all the vehicles involved in the collision, as well as
the condition of the road you were travelling on. This will be useful
if a disagreement about how the accident occurred comes up. You will also
have documentation to help support your accident or injury claim.
Do you want to find out more about how to deal with a car accident? Contact our New Orleans car accident attorneys
to learn how we can help you today.