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What are the biggest mistakes drivers make after a car crash?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Florida residents don’t set out on a drive expecting to get into a car accident, but they could happen. If you were involved in a crash, avoid making these mistakes.

Fleeing the scene of the accident

If you flee the scene of the car accident, it assumes that you’re at fault for the crash. You could also be tracked down and arrested for a hit and run. Remain at the scene and wait for the police to arrive.

Not getting medical attention

Many drivers make the mistake of assuming that they’re perfectly fine after an accident and don’t seek medical attention. This is one of the worst things you can do; it could turn out that you’re actually seriously injured but the injuries are internal. Err on the side of caution and immediately get medical attention.

Admitting fault for the accident

Although you should speak with the other driver to exchange information, you should never say too much. Many drivers apologize or make some kind of statement that assumes they’re admitting fault for the accident. Whether or not you believe you’re at fault or share some of it, it’s best to avoid admitting fault or even apologizing.

Waiting to file a claim

Some drivers take too long to file an accident claim with their insurance companies. Waiting too long tells the insurer that you might be untruthful about the car accident and could result in your claim being denied. Don’t make this mistake. File your claim with the insurance company as soon as possible.

Failing to document the scene of the accident

You need as much evidence as possible for a car accident claim. Not taking pictures of the scene or getting witnesses’ names, contact information and statements is a huge mistake. These are things that could potentially make or break your claim.

Accepting the first settlement offer

One of the biggest mistakes drivers make after an accident is accepting the first settlement offer from the insurance company. Often, that amount is too low to satisfy the damages.

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