Car accidents can be quite horrifying. The first thing to do in any car accident situation is to make sure that everyone involved is safe and sound, and then call the proper authorities. If anyone is in need of medical attention, make sure that an ambulance is on its way as soon as possible. Although legal troubles are something no one wants to worry about, the next thing on your mind should be the legality of the situation. For your convenience and knowledge, here are five things that you shouldn't do after being involved in a car accident in order to keep a potential personal injury case strong.
Don't Delay A Hospital Visit
Regardless of whether or not you believe that you have suffered from an injury due to a car accident, you should receive medical attention as soon as possible. This is not only for your own health, but there is a good legal reason for doing so, as well. If it so happens that you are required to go to court for a personal injury case, it is important that you have official medical documents detailing the extent of the damage that your body incurred. This is especially important if you are the plaintiff and you wish to detail what specific injuries happened to you during your crash in order to receiver reparations.
Don't Post Any Information On Social Media
This is relatively new advice in the world of personal injury cases: do not, under any circumstances, post information about your accident on any form of social media. Due to most social media sites being public forums, anything that you say on such a medium can be held against you in a court of law. Words can easily be misconstrued, especially in writing, and particularly on an online forum. People, often in a state of shock, say things that can come back to bite them, and by doing so on a social media forum, you are making those statements very public.
Don't Give The Claims Adjuster A Recorded Statement
Most people think that it is their responsibility to give a claims adjuster a recorded statement right after being involved in an automobile accident. Nothing could be further from the truth. As you could be in shock and state things incorrectly or recount events that simply did not occur, it is best to speak to a claims adjuster after you visit a hospital and adequately recount your story and corroborate it with those who were also involved in the accident.
Although it may seem as a polite gesture, or a gesture committed in good faith, do not, under any circumstances, apologize to the other party involved in a car accident. An apology alone can act as a sort of admission of guilt; in other words, you can be held liable for any damages that the other party received in the accident.
Don't Take The First Settlement Offer Received
If the other person offers to settle with you out of court, you should definitely hire an auto accident attorney. You can never be sure if the other party's amount will cover any damages to your vehicle that your insurance will not cover, as well as any medical bills you may incur due to their negligence.
As you can see, there is plenty that you can do to avoid any legal trouble after being involved in a car accident. Being held liable for such an accident can be a major financial and personal setback. Although your safety and health should be your primary concern after being involved in such an accident, you should immediately take into account the legality of the situation. Hopefully, armed with this knowledge, you will not put yourself in a position where your own words can be used against you in order to hold you liable.