After a car accident, you may feel confused and overwhelmed. You may also be injured, which can make the situation even worse.
While the adrenaline may be pumping and there’s bound to be a lot of activity, it’s important to avoid making mistakes after the accident. Saying or doing the wrong thing may make it difficult or impossible to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Knowing what the most common mistakes are will help you avoid them.
Turning down a medical evaluation
It’s a good idea to be checked out by a medical professional after a wreck. Never decline medical care. Doing so may signal to the other party that you aren’t injured or that your injuries aren’t that serious. It’s also a good idea to go to your doctor or the emergency room after an accident, which provides documentation of your injuries.
Saying you are sorry for the wreck
It’s natural to want to apologize after an accident. Even if it’s obviously not your fault, it seems like the polite thing to do. This is not, however, the time to be polite. You need to be very careful about what you say and make sure you don’t say anything that could be used as an admission of guilt.
Providing a written statement to the insurance company
It’s best to wait to put anything in writing. You need to make sure you aren’t saying something that may be used to reduce or deny your accident claim.
Protecting your right to compensation after a Wisconsin car accident
If you are injured in a Wisconsin car accident, you have the right to recover compensation from the at-fault party. While this is true, you must make sure to protect your rights by avoiding the mistakes listed here.