If you drive on a regular basis, there is a pretty good chance you have been involved in a car crash at some point. Even if it is a minor crash, a car accident can leave you disoriented, to say the least. If you are involved in a car accident that is attributable to someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice.
However, what you do (or fail to do) after the crash can greatly impact the outcome of your case. Here are three costly mistakes you want to steer clear of after a car accident, and especially if you intend to pursue the other party for damages.
Owning up for the accident
The politeness in you might lead you to apologize to the other party following the crash. However, doing so could amount to an admission of fault. You are better off avoiding any conversation regarding your role in the accident if at all there was any. And when the police arrive at the scene, provide an objective account of how you believe the accident happened.
Failing to call the police
Talking about the police, it is important that you call the police immediately following the accident. In fact, Pennsylvania car accident reporting basics require that you report any car crash that results in death, injury or severe damage to property. This report should be filed within five days of the accident. Failure to report the accident can result in difficulty litigating your claim.
Failing to see a doctor
Even if you do not have visible injuries, it is important that you see a doctor because you might have suffered internal injuries following the crash. Besides diagnosing and treating these injuries in time, seeing a doctor immediately following the accident also ensures that your injuries are properly documented. This is key to a successful pursuit of your damages.
Protecting your rights
A car accident can leave you shocked and hurt. Learning how Pennsylvania car accident claims work can help you avoid costly mistakes while protecting your rights following the crash.