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Mistakes to avoid after a car accident in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Oct 10, 2023 | Auto Accidents

Car accidents can be overwhelming situations. With so much happening at the scene, it is easy to make mistakes. 

One of the best ways to avoid mistakes is by knowing the most common ones. 

Leaving the scene

Never leave the scene of an accident, even if it seems minor. Fleeing can result in criminal charges and complicate subsequent insurance or legal claims.

Failing to document the accident scene

Always take photos of the damage, skid marks, road conditions and other relevant evidence. If possible, get the contact details of witnesses. This documentation can be crucial for insurance claims and legal actions.

Admitting fault

While it’s essential to cooperate with all parties involved, avoid admitting fault or making any statements that suggest you are to blame. The determination of fault is complex and should be left to the professionals.

Not seeking medical attention

If you feel fine, you may not go to the doctor or get checked out for injuries. However, injuries can appear days or weeks later. Always see a medical professional after an accident. Not only does this ensure your well-being, but it also provides a record that can be helpful if injuries become a legal matter.

Accepting the first settlement offer

Insurance companies are in the market for making money. Because of this, they want to settle your accident claim as quickly as possible for minimal money. Before you accept an offer, be sure that you know the full value of your injuries and damages. The settlement should also include future costs you may incur. 

Being aware of these common mistakes will help you navigate the post-accident process more effectively and protect your interests. Be sure to protect your legal right to full compensation by considering this information.