When you open a car accident claim with your insurance company, you can expect a long, lengthy process. It may take a while, but it is vital to increase your chances of receiving compensation for any injuries sustained following the collision.
You seriously compromise your claim when you misstep during the claims process. One mistake involves bragging on social media about a hit-and-run you committed, which is what one woman from North Carolina did after striking a woman walking with her ex-boyfriend. Here are other mistakes to avoid.
1. Saying you are to blame for the accident
You may think you are primarily at fault for the collision. However, there may be evidence to suggest the other driver holds some or all the blame. This is why you never want to admit fault after a collision. You may feel like saying you are responsible to make the other driver friendlier. You only hurt your own claim when you do this, so when you speak to the other driver, you should only get his or her insurance information and contact info.
2. Ignoring your injuries
A car accident does not have to be overly severe for an injury to develop. For some people, it may even take several days to become aware of any injuries or wounds. You should see a doctor immediately following a car crash. This is especially pertinent if you have a headache or pain anywhere on your body. You do not want to ignore it and hope it gets better on its own.
3. Not documenting the scene of the crash
While still at the scene, you should use that time to take pictures of both vehicles. It is also a good idea to photograph yourself, especially if you have any visible wounds. You should also document skid marks on the road and what the weather will like. All this information helps bolster your case.