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Dr. Roy VogelDec 16, 2015 12:44:45 PM6 min read

10 Common Mistakes People Make After A Car Accident

In many cases, people who are not prepared make very common mistakes after being involved in a Car Accident.

These errors can be very costly and may harm their chances of being somewhat compensated by the other driver or insurance company, even when the fault lies solely with that driver.

By knowing what steps to take and what mistakes to avoid, could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages. A car accident can lead to a potentially serious injury.

If you were in an accident due to the negligence of someone else, you might be entitled to sue.

Whether the crash was your fault or not, if you or someone else was hurt in a car accident you may want to consult a Car Accident Attorney or seek medical care of Top Car Accident Chiropractors.

It is essential to avoid making common mistakes after being in a car accident.

In the article below, we will discuss the top 10 mistakes people make after being in a car accident.

Table of Contents

  1. Not Calling The Police
  2. Admitting Guilt
  3. Not Exchanging Insurance Information
  4. Not Taking Pictures
  5. Not Contacting The Insurance Company
  6. Not Receiving Timely Medical Treatment
  7. Trusting The Insurance Company
  8. Not Understanding Your Rights
  9. Not Contacting A Car Accident Attorney
  10. Waiting Too Long To Pursue A Claim
  11. Contact Arrowhead Clinic Today

1. Not Calling The Police

A police report is an objective record of what took place in the accident.

The police report will attest to what happened which will prevent the other driver or witness from making false claims.

If you or someone else in the car accident suffered a potential injury, there would need to be valid documentation, especially if a lawsuit is going to be filed. 


2. Admitting Guilt

When you are discussing the accident it is important not to admit fault or say "I'm sorry."

Admitting fault can be used against you at a later time when you are attempting to collect damages to your car or injuries that occurred in the accident.

Even if you believe you were at fault, you may be incorrect, there is no way to know all of the details surrounding an accident, especially under the stress and shock that arise immediately after the impact. 


3. Not Exchanging Insurance Information

If you are in a car accident, regardless of how minor it may appear, do not fail to exchange insurance information.

Even if you think there is no damage, and nobody seems to hurt, you may not know what could develop later. You need to get the name, address, phone number, license number, insurance information, license plate number, and the make and model of the other drivers vehicle.

This is what will be used if you are going to seek any legal help. 


4. Not Taking Pictures

If it is possible, take photos of the scene of the accident, damages to both cars involved, the condition of the road, and the position of each vehicle that was in the car crash. 

If there are any disagreements on how the accident occurred, you will have documentation to help support your claim. 


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5. Not Contacting The Insurance Company

If you fail to notify your insurance company after an accident could prevent you from recovering property damage and any costs associated with your injuries.

Make sure to seek legal advice before giving the insurance company any written or recorded statements about the accident. 


6. Not Receiving Timely Medical Treatment

After a car accident, you will want to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if you think you are fine, it may be difficult to tell the type of injuries that you have sustained.

When the body is in shock, you may not feel the pain until later. It is important to have your injuries diagnosed as soon as possible if you are going to be pursuing an auto injury claim


7. Trusting The Insurance Company

Sometimes after an accident, the insurance companies don't always align their interest with yours.

We have to remember that insurance companies are businesses, and all businesses are out to earn a profit.

That's why your insurance company will try to pay you as little as possible.

They will often try to find ways to avoid paying you anything at all.

They may even attempt to prove that you were violating the terms of your policy so they will not have to defend you or pay your legal bills.

This is not always the case, but you should not automatically assume that they will be acting on your behalf every step of the way. 


8. Not Understanding Your Rights

Many people are unaware of the types of expenses and damages they can seek compensation for after a car accident. 

Damage may be claimed for property loss, medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

It is important to understand what the law is in regards to when you can sue or be sued, and whether the other party did something to give rise to legal damages.

Finding the right attorney will ensure that a company does not evade responsibilities and can negotiate with the insurance company in case they fail to cover a specific bill. 


9. Not Contacting A Car Accident Attorney

If you or someone else was injured, a personal injury attorney will be able to help protect your rights.

Especially if you are recovering from injuries, the last thing you want to do is worry about the legal procedures after an accident.

Your personal injury lawyer will let you focus on your physical recovery while they worry about your financial recovery.

Most Personal Injury Attorneys will offer a free consultation so you can find out whether or not they will be able to help you with your case or not. 


10. Waiting Too Long To Pursue A Claim

There is a very limited amount of time set for you to pursue a claim after a car accident.

In most states, the statute of limitations is two years after the accident.

And depending on the facts available, you may need to take action relatively quickly and file your claim as soon as possible.

It is always best to contact an attorney as soon as you can so the attorney can ensure that your right to pursue a claim is properly protected. 


Contact Arrowhead Clinic Today

At Arrowhead Clinic, we specialize in treating Car Accident Injury victims in Georgia and South Carolina.

We just went over 10 mistakes people make after car accidents, but perhaps the biggest mistake you could make is not receiving medical attention.

Many car accident injuries, like whiplash, won't show up immediately after an accident.

That's why, even if you feel fine, you should always see a chiropractor after an accident so you can be sure you don't have any underlying issues that could show up later on.

The staff at the Arrowhead Clinic are experts in treating the injuries associated with Car Accidents by using Chiropractic and Medical Doctors.

They also take care to provide the proper documentation of injuries, detailed narratives, and daily reports the insurance companies and attorneys need for the proper resolution of your injury claim.

Click on the link below for a free consultation with our team of Accident Injury Doctors or if you need a referral to an experienced Personal Injury Attorney.  


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Dr. Roy Vogel

Dr. Vogel has been a chiropractor with Arrowhead Clinic in Decatur, Georgia since 1992. He provides outstanding care, often working with patients who have work or auto accident-related injuries. Dr. Vogel offers a range of treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. He brings over 26 years of experience caring for patients with debilitating head, neck, and back pain. Dr. Vogel obtained his doctoral degree in chiropractic medicine from Life University. As a professional, he keeps himself updated on the latest advancements made in the field of chiropractic services. Dr. Vogel is devoted to ensuring his patient's recovery and well-being. He takes his time to understand symptoms so he can accurately diagnose and treat injuries ensuring the continued health of all his patients. One of Dr. Vogel’s car accident patients recently stated, “The customer service here is top tier. I got into an accident and was sent to this office for treatment. The ladies are so nice and welcoming and the chiropractor's top priority is your recovery.” Dr. Vogel is available for free, same-day consultations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.