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What Not To Do After A Car Accident

It’s something that most Maryland residents don’t spend much time thinking about, but it can happen any time you get into a motor vehicle. During 2016 alone, more than 40,000 people died in traffic accidents throughout the United States and hundreds of thousands more suffered serious, painful and debilitating injuries.

Let’s face it, no one expects to be involved in a car accident, yet it’s extremely important to know what you should and shouldn’t say and do in the event the unthinkable happens. In fact, mistakes made in the wake of a traffic accident can potentially prevent you from recovering compensation for your injuries and property damage.

4 Things You Should Never Do After A Traffic Accident

  1. Fail to call the police — Let’s say that your vehicle is rear-ended. You’re late for work and don’t think that you or anyone else was seriously injured so you and the other driver don’t call the police. What happens, however, when you later discover that you actually are injured and need an expensive surgery followed by months of rehabilitation? With no record of the accident or official police report, you’ll be stuck paying the hefty medical bills.
  2. Admit fault — Exiting your vehicle after being involved in a traffic accident and telling the other driver that you’re sorry is never a good idea. Any type of apology will surely be taken as an admission of guilt by the other driver and any witnesses and can hurt your chances of recovering money for your injuries and losses.
  3. Lie about what happened — When talking to a responding police officer about what happened, be upfront and honest. Saying that you weren’t on your phone when you in fact were or that you weren’t speeding when you were will likely come back to haunt you. Likewise, never lie to your insurance company when reporting an accident and filing a claim. The truth has a way of always coming out and you may not only forfeit your rights to file a personal injury claim, but could also be dropped or sued by an insurer.
  4. Blow off going to the doctor — Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, it’s incredibly important to see a doctor. Some injuries aren’t readily apparent and it can take days or weeks before you realize that something isn’t right. Seeing a doctor immediately after an accident increases the likelihood of discovering and diagnosing these types of injuries now so you can obtain the treatment you need to recover. Additionally, obtaining a thorough medical exam is also important if you later decide to take action to recover compensation for injury-related expenses.

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