3 Mistakes to Avoid Making After a Car Accident in North Carolina
You will hopefully never be involved in a car accident. However, it’s important to know what you should and should not do in the aftermath of a collision in case you ever are harmed in one. While you may be a responsible driver, you have no control over the decisions that others make behind the wheel. It’s possible that you will someday be injured in an accident because a motorist with whom you are sharing the road is negligent.
If this happens in North Carolina, you can pursue compensation for your medical bills and other such losses after the accident by filing a claim to collect from the insurance of the driver responsible for the accident.
These cases are not always as simple as that statement may make them sound. There are certain mistakes you must avoid making that could otherwise jeopardize your case. They include the following:
Approaching the Other Driver in Anger
Feeling angry after being involved in an accident that occurred because another driver was negligent is entirely understandable. It makes sense that you might feel the urge to approach them in anger after getting to a safe spot.
Do not give in to this urge. While you should check on the other drivers involved in the accident to confirm they are unharmed, you should do so calmly. If you lose control of your emotions, you run the risk of accidentally making statements that could imply you were responsible for causing your accident.
Waiting to See a Doctor
You may count yourself lucky if you don’t notice any signs of harm after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Nevertheless, you should still see a doctor as soon as the police are done investigating the accident at the scene.
Some types of injuries, such as concussions, are not always immediately noticeable after an accident occurs. See a doctor right away to be certain you aren’t in need of medical treatment.
Additionally, if you file a claim to collect compensation later, an insurance company might notice that you didn’t see a doctor right away after your accident. This may give the insurer justification to deny your claim by arguing your injuries could have resulted from an incident that came after your auto collision. They won’t be able to use this tactic if you sought medical attention the day your accident occurred.
Working With the Insurance Company Directly
Insurance companies are businesses, not charities. Don’t assume an insurer is on your side. The goal of an insurance company is to make money, not to lose it. If you work directly with the insurance company, an adjuster will try to disarm you with a variety of tactics, getting you to put your guard down so they can catch you making statements they may then use against you when explaining why they are making a fairly low settlement offer.
This doesn’t need to happen. If you have been involved in a car accident resulting from someone else’s negligence in or around Charlotte, NC, schedule a free consultation with our car accident attorneys at Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC. Call us toll-free at 800-948-0577 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do for you.