What should I NOT do after a car crash?
Remember, whether you are involved in a “fender-bender” or a catastrophic car wreck, your potential personal injury case has begun. Because a car crash can be very traumatizing, it can be very easy for the car crash victim to lose composure, become irrational, and make bad decisions.
The following are easy ways to avoid bad decisions auto accident personal injury victims commonly make after a car crash:
Always remember to call 9-1-1
Never feel as if your car crash is not serious enough to get the police involved. Police officers are trained to respond and investigate accident scenes of all kinds. Even if you do not feel any significant pain or injuries in the moments after a car wreck, your 9-1-1 call recording and the police report findings of the responding police officers, which can include insurance information, at-fault driver information, road conditions, witness information, and a short narrative of the crash events, can be crucial to your Houston personal injury case.
Never leave the crash scene without police permission
If you leave a crash scene without stopping and waiting for the police to arrive, or at the very least exchanging insurance and contact information, you may be committing a serious crime that may lead to your arrest. When 9-1-1 has been called, you must wait until the police officers arrive at the scene.
Always remember to document your car accident
Nowadays, this does not have to be difficult. After a car crash, utilize the power of your smart phone and begin taking video and photos of property damage, road and weather conditions, license plates of vehicles involved, driver identification, insurance information, and if your lucky, an admission of fault from the driver at fault for causing the crash.
Never assume that you are not hurt
It is important to pause and realize that your body experiences sudden and violent forces when you are involved in most car wrecks. Immediately after your body experiences any trauma, especially one in which multi-ton vehicles hit each other at high speeds, your body is biologically trained to go into survival mode and begin defending itself against pain and stress with endorphins and adrenaline. As a result, you may not feel 100% of the pain and discomfort immediately after a crash. When in doubt, make it an absolute priority to see a doctor or visit a hospital emergency room. The longer you wait to first see a doctor for your personal injuries, the weaker your personal injury case becomes.
Never speak with any insurance company after a car crash
Speaking to any insurance company after a car wreck, even your own insurance company, is a bad idea. Once an insurance company finds out about a car wreck you were involved in, it will immediately begin gathering evidence to protect it and its shareholders from paying out on your potential insurance claim. Even giving a recorded statement to an insurance company is an excellent opportunity for the insurance company to twist your words against you. Insurance companies may even try to settle your claim up front for $600 – $1000. Never settle with the insurance company without a Houston car accident lawyer and never talk to the insurance company without a lawyer.
Never post anything about your car crash on social media
Do not be your personal injury case’s biggest adversary. Anything you publish on social media about your car wreck, whether it be words or photos/video, will be found by insurance companies’ investigators and used against you to devalue your case or deny your claim.
Always Call a Houston Car Accident Attorney as soon as possible
The worst and perhaps most common bad decision you can make after a car wreck, is not contacting a personal injury attorney. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car wreck, call DK Law personal injury lawyers at 281-402-8856 or Contact DK Law now. We can help.