No one leaves their house in the morning, planning to be in an accident. Unfortunately, car accidents are common on Louisiana roads and highways.
If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to avoid common mistakes that may make it harder to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. The mistakes to avoid are found here.
Mistake: Losing your cool
Car accidents can be stressful and overwhelming. If you know the other driver was at-fault, you may be angry about the situation. Now is not a good time to “lose your cool.” Try to stay calm and collect information from the other driver. If you cannot do this calmly, wait for the police to arrive to handle this for you.
Mistake: Apologizing or admitting fault
It can feel natural to say, “I’m sorry,” after a car accident. This does not necessarily mean you are apologizing for causing it, just that you are sorry for the situation. However, you should resist the urge to do this. Apologizing can be used as an admission of guilt and used against you if you try to file a compensation claim.
Mistake: Putting off medical treatment
After a car accident, you may feel fine. This may make you think you do not need medical treatment. However, some injuries can take hours, days or longer to appear. It is best to seek medical treatment immediately. This ensures that all your injuries are found and treated and that you have documentation of the severity of your injuries, which is beneficial in an auto accident claim.
Protect your rights to compensation
After a car accident, be sure to avoid the mistakes here to protect your right to compensation. You should also learn your legal rights to avoid other mistakes.