There are countless accidents on the road every single day. What you do to avoid a car accident is just as important as what you do after a car accident. Avoiding accidents is sometimes impossible, so it’s important to know what to do if you do happen to get into a crash.
Unfortunately, many drivers make common mistakes after getting into a car accident. Knowing what these mistakes are can prevent them from happening.
Not Collecting Evidence from the Accident
It’s essential for any driver in an accident to collect evidence for their case. Photos should be taken on the scene featuring both vehicles, the road, obstructions, blind spots, and skid marks if there are any. Drivers should also get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Letting the Other Driver Get Away
Anyone in an accident should always try to keep the other driver at the scene. Getting the other driver’s information, even if it’s just the license plate or make and model of the car, can help once the bill for repairs comes.
There are also cases where the other driver refuses to stay or attempts a cash settlement to avoid police. In the case of a hit and run, victims can collect from their uninsured motorist coverage.
Not Reporting the Accident
Florida drivers have up to 10 days to report their accident to the insurance company as well as any injuries or property damage. Failing to do this can result in one losing the opportunity to recover compensation and being forced to come out of pocket for accident-related damages.
Signing a Release Form
Signing a release form after an accident is a huge mistake. It can result in the other driver being excused from their responsibility even if they are the one at fault.
Make Assumptions About Insurance
No two car insurance policies are the same, which means drivers must be careful to know all the details of theirs. One thing many people assume about their plans is that their insurance will cover rental car costs if their vehicle is damaged and requires repairs. It’s essential to ensure this is true before renting a car.
Settling Too Early
Many drivers make the mistake of settling too soon with the insurance company. Insurers frequently make offers that are far under what the damage is worth.
Taking Injuries for Granted
After an accident, many people feel like they’re perfectly fine. However, adrenaline is flowing through their body after such a harrowing experience, which means signs of an injury may not appear until a day or two later. Immediately getting examined by a doctor is the wisest course of action.
The biggest mistake a driver can make after getting into an accident is to assume responsibility, primarily if the other person was the one at fault. Many circumstances make up a car accident. An investigation should take place before an early admission of guilt.
The Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at Salpeter Gitkin, LLP can guide you through the post-accident claims process and fight on your behalf for fair compensation. Throughout our numerous years of experience we’ve settled multiple car accident claims for accident victims and can help do the same for you. Contact us today at 954-467-8623 for a free case evaluation.