If you have been involved in a vehicle accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver in the Charlotte area, you likely have many questions that need answers. Often, people hear about what they need to do after a vehicle accident in order to obtain the compensation they are entitled to. However, not too many people discuss what you should NOT do after a vehicle accident occurs. Here, we want to do a quick rundown of the actions that you absolutely should never take following a vehicle accident, regardless of who caused the incident.
Do not admit fault
Right after a vehicle accident occurs, it is not uncommon for a driver to pop out of their vehicle and immediately start apologizing or saying that they caused the accident. Do not be that driver. The absolute last thing that you should do after a vehicle accident is accepted fault or apologize in any way. Even though this may seem like the right thing to do, and even if you think you caused the incident, do not say so. You may not be aware of all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, and another driver may have done something that contributed to the crash. If you start out by admitting fault, this could be detrimental when it comes to securing compensation. You need to let law enforcement officials and insurance carriers do their job and conduct their own investigation to determine what happened.
Do not waive medical care
Many people decide to waive their right to medical care after an accident occurs. Do not do this. Even if you do not feel much pain after a vehicle accident, you need to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. The signs and symptoms of many car accident injuries do not occur until hours or even days after the incident. If you refuse your right to medical care right away, this is an indicator to insurance carriers that you did not suffer from any injuries.
Do not have a conversation with insurance carriers
The only thing that you need to do with insurance carriers is a report that the incident occurred and give them very basic information about the crash. However, we want you to know that insurance claims adjusters are very good at their jobs, and they like to engage in small talk with any person making a claim. This small talk is a tactic to get you to open up and let your guard down. Insurance claims adjusters want you to say something that could jeopardize your claim, and this could be something as simple as mentioning that you went to a baseball game the night before with your kids. If an insurance claims adjuster hears this, and if you are claiming an injury, they could use this as evidence against you and say that you are not really injured if you are well enough to go to a baseball game.
You need to refer all questions about the accident to your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, you need to remain as tight-lipped as possible when you are speaking to insurance carriers.
Do not post on social media
So many people reach right for their social media apps as soon as anything major happens, including vehicle accidents. We need you to refrain from posting anything on social media about your vehicle accident. Anything you post can and will be used by the other party in an attempt to reduce the settlement you receive. You may make statements about the accident on social that could be used later in court. Additionally, you should refrain from posting ANYTHING on social media while your claim is ongoing. If you post yourself going swimming at the beach or hiking in the mountains, insurance carriers may use this as evidence against you to prove that you have not really sustained an injury.
An attorney can help you with this situation
If you have any questions about what you should and should not do following a vehicle accident in or around the Charlotte area, reach out to the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling these cases, and we will make sure that the correct steps are taken after the incident so that you have the best chance of securing compensation for your losses. When you need a Charlotte vehicle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.