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Mistakes to Avoid Making if You Have Been in a Car Accident

 Posted on January 31, 2023 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerMany of us have become so accustomed to driving that we forget to consider just how dangerous driving really is. Unfortunately, for various reasons, including distracted driving, speeding, and more, car accidents, ranging in severity, often occur on roadways across America. Depending on the circumstances of your crash, you may have incurred some minor bruising up to severe, life-altering injuries. As a result, you are likely interested in pursuing compensation relating to medical costs and damage to your vehicle.

For this blog, we will review common mistakes people make in the aftermath of a car accident, errors that, if you make them, can potentially jeopardize your pursuit of compensation. If you have been involved or injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact an attorney who will ensure your rights remain protected throughout the process and that the compensation you may be entitled to can be pursued to the fullest extent possible.

Mistakes People Make After Car Accidents

The moments after a car accident can be highly stressful, confusing, and even frightening. However, always remember that making mistakes in these initial moments, the moments following, and the days and weeks after the accident will make it more challenging to receive the compensation you may be entitled to. These mistakes include the following:

  • Failing to seek immediate medical attention – Make sure to call 9-1-1 immediately after an accident. Moreover, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention for two main reasons. The first reason it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention is to receive treatment for bodily injuries during the accident, injuries which may worsen over time and even prove fatal in some circumstances. The second reason it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention is that it demonstrates the injuries you suffered in the accident were severe enough to require immediate medical intervention. If you do not seek a doctor after your accident, it may appear like your accident was not that serious.
  • Admitting fault – It is ok and even wise to be polite after a crash. However, you must avoid admitting fault and making statements such as, “I am sorry.” Such statements infer guilt, which can make it exceedingly difficult to obtain compensation for your injuries.
  • Failing to hire an attorney – No matter how straightforward the situation may seem, understand that insurance companies will likely try and pay an amount that is in their best interest, not your best interest. Having an attorney by your side to advocate for your rights can make a huge difference in obtaining a fair settlement.
  • Failing to photograph evidence at the scene – Take pictures of the damage sustained to your vehicle and any other vehicles involved. Also, take photos of any bodily injuries you have sustained. Such evidence will likely become valuable as your case progresses.

Contact a Cook County Car Accident Attorney

If you have suffered bodily injuries in a car crash and your car has also been damaged, contact the astute Glenview, IL, car accident lawyers with Gruzmark Law, Ltd. Call 847-729-7660 for a free consultation.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/advisor/car-insurance/what-to-do-after-accident/


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