4 Common Mistakes After a Car Accident

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Written by Clayton T. Hasbrook. Last modified on September 25, 2023

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The aftermath of car accident mistakes can be a scary and confusing time. In addition to impacting your physical and mental health, you may face damage to your vehicle and a possible battle with the insurance company. It’s important to know that your actions and inactions after an accident can make or break your claim should you decide to take action against the other party. Here are some common mistakes to avoid after being involved in a crash.

Apologizing or Admitting Fault

When interacting with the other driver, the police, or insurance companies, avoid saying anything that could be interpreted as an admission. This includes apologizing or offering to pay for repairs or medical expenses. Although car accident mistakes aren’t a crime, this is a situation where anything you say can and will be used against you. Be calm and respectful when dealing with the other party, and refrain from arguing, blaming, or trying to assign fault. The assessors will make this determination in due course.

Failing to Gather Evidence Is A Car Accident Mistake

In the chaos and confusion of an accident, it’s easy to forget to gather important pieces of evidence and information from the other parties involved. Always remember to exchange contact details with the other driver and make a note of their license plate number. Take photos of the damage to all vehicles involved and any visible injuries. If there are any distinguishing features of the environment, such as signs and potholes, be sure to get photos of those, too.

If possible, get the contact details of anyone willing to serve as a witness. Note any potential sources of CCTV footage, such as traffic or security cameras on nearby buildings. Dashcam footage should be safeguarded on an external drive as soon as possible.

Not Seeking Medical Attention or Not Following a Treatment Plan

Even if you believe your injuries are minor or non-existent, it’s always worth the effort to get a doctor’s opinion. Aches and pains often arise weeks or even months after an accident. By failing to seek medical attention, you won’t know the true extent of your injuries and could risk your health.
If you do decide to seek compensation for your injuries, you will need medical evidence to substantiate your claim. If significant time has passed between the date of the accident and your first visit to the doctor, this does not bode well for your case. Insurance companies will devalue your claim or deny it when there is evidence of a treatment gap. Treatment gaps can also happen if you fail to attend follow-up appointments or the doctor’s orders aren’t followed. In these instances, it can be argued that your injuries were exacerbated by your negligence and failure to mitigate.

Not Calling an Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyer

After seeking medical attention, your next call should be to an Oklahoma car accident lawyer. A personal injury attorney can assess your case to determine whether you’re entitled to compensation and, if so, how much you can expect to receive. Without the guidance of a lawyer, you may hinder your chances of success or accept offers well below what you’re truly entitled to.
Consult with our knowledgeable Oklahoma auto accident attorney to seek the compensation you deserve.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Clayton T. Hasbrook who has years of legal experience as a personal injury lawyer. Our last modified date shows when this page was last reviewed.