Protect Yourself After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Motor vehicle crashes are a frequent occurrence and commonly result in injuries or even death. In 2018, there were 655 Oklahomans killed in crashes across the state. After you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and not be certain as to what your next steps should be. It is critical to know what you should not do after an accident. Here are some mistakes to avoid after a motor vehicle crash.
- Not involving the police
Although you may not feel that a smaller accident warrants calling the police, keep in mind that information from the police can play a large part in determining the liability and therefore the outcome of your claim. A police officer will collect statements and other evidence and will put together an accident report. Without any support from a neutral, reputable source, your case will simply become your word against the other driver’s.
It’s human nature to apologize for things – even things for which we are not at fault. But apologizing to anyone after a motor vehicle accident (even if you think it’s your fault) is a bad idea. Any statement can be used against you as evidence of liability. Do not admit any guilt.
- Leaving the scene of the accident
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be very jarring to your system. You may panic or simply underestimate the damage caused to your vehicle. But regardless of the reason, you should not leave the area in which the car accident occurred. Be sure to stay calm and wait for the police to arrive. Even if the other driver tells you that you can leave, do not do so. Obtain their information and give them yours. Without exchanging information, you could be falsely accused of a hit-and-run.
- Not gathering important evidence
Evidence fades with time. That’s why it is so important to gather any and all evidence as soon as possible. After a car accident, make sure that you collect the information of the other driver as well as that of any witnesses, and take pictures of the vehicles and the scene. If you are unable to do so, ask someone you trust to help you out.
- Refraining from medical treatment
Many of the injuries that occur after a car accident can take time to become apparent. Although you may feel okay immediately following an accident, it is best to seek medical treatment in case an injury develops. If an injury comes to light, later on, you will have evidence that you have sought the help of medical professionals. But if you fail to do so and later file an insurance claim for an injury that you incurred as a result of the accident, the insurance company may be hard-pressed to take your side.
- Failing to consult with a qualified motor vehicle accident attorney
No matter how minor you think that the accident was, it is always a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable auto accident attorney. The right attorney can help to ensure that the actions you take are in your best interests.
Graves McLain Can Help.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. The attorneys at Graves McLain have substantial experience in representing individuals in auto vehicle accidents.
There is no charge for Graves McLain to review your case. If we represent you, we will handle your case on a contingency fee basis (calculated as a percentage of the recovery we obtain). Call an experienced personal injury attorney at Graves McLain at 918-359-6600. Trust our team. We’re here to help.
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