Most of us will be in a few car accidents during our lifetime, so it’s important to know what NOT to do after an accident. We’ve all heard what we should do: call the police, exchange insurance information, and follow up with our insurance company. But knowing what NOT to do after an Orlando car accident is just as important.
- Do NOT admit fault or apologize. We are trained from any early age to apologize when we bump into someone, even if we aren’t at fault. But after a car accident, an apology might be misconstrued as an acceptance of guilt in the accident. Even if you believe you were at fault, do not apologize or take the blame. Instead, engage with the other party in a calm demeanor. There is no reason to take or accept blame right after an accident.
- Do NOT assume that "minor" injuries do not need to be treated. After a car accident, our first instinct is to look for injuries. It is important to understand, however, that many injuries do not initially present as more than minor discomfort. Fractures, for example, can be painless initially, and adrenaline can further mask pain. Muscle tears and back and neck injuries may not feel too bad, but the pain often increases dramatically after a few hours. Bruises and swelling may take time to appear. After an accident of any severity, it is important to get checked out. If you do not feel your injuries require an ambulance or a trip to the emergency room, at least go see your physician. If you discover injuries after the accident, it is important to have a record of treatment.
- Do NOT speak with the other party’s insurance company. Instead, request that they contact your attorney or insurance company. The insurance adjuster may attempt to get you to admit fault or speak out about the accident or your injuries. You may not see the danger in sharing the facts, but remember that these individuals are not on your side. They may use your words against you.
- Do NOT accept a rapid settlement offer. Insurance adjusters are often eager to get you to accept a settlement. In fact, many injured individuals will accept these low offers without ever being aware that they may be eligible to receive much more. Instead of accepting a settlement offer, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can listen to the details of your case and help you determine what a fair settlement might be.
- Do NOT leave the scene of the accident without calling 911. Wait for the police to show up to document the accident. Even minor accidents may have major repercussions, and without a police report it is your word against theirs. In addition, an officer will facilitate the exchange of information.
After a car accident, secure immediate medical treatment and then contact an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney.Contact Todd Miner Law either by filling out an online consultation form or by calling 407-269-5877. Orlando car accident attorney Todd Miner is prepared to work tirelessly in pursuit of the compensation you deserve.