Even though a car accident is minor, it’s not uncommon to still have injuries from it and to need compensation for loss of earnings due to a minor car accident. But there are things that you might accidentally do that could wreck your chances of having a fair settlement. Below are some of the common mistakes that people make that could ruin your chances of getting money back from your claim.
Don’t admit fault or it could harm your chances for compensation.
When you are in a car accident, the last thing that you should do is admit fault. Accidents happen fast, and determining who is liable needs to be left to professionals in law enforcement or legal matters. It may be that you really think that you were the one at fault, but it may be that the other person was really at fault. All you saw was the accident from your angle. If you admit fault, it could hurt you in the end.
Never accept any money at the scene of the accident
If someone hits you and they were at fault, they may try and give you some money at the scene of the accident. All you see is the surface damage to your car; you don’t know what might be lurking under the hood and you don’t know whether you are injured or not. Generally you won’t feel pain right away unless you have a really bad injury so the adrenaline takes over and you don’t feel it. The last thing you want to do is accept money right at the scene and possibly give up any other money that you will be entitled to otherwise.
Call the police and ambulance
When you have been in an accident, you need to let the authorities know. You don’t know how injured you are and you should be checked out by a doctor. Plus, the police should be there to make a police report and get witness statements from anyone who saw what happened at the accident. If you’re planning to claim later, this information could be very important, so having law enforcement there is essential.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you should think about getting yourself legal representation. If you want some help with this, we will be glad to help you. At Accident Advice Helpline, we help hundreds of people every month get a solicitor and claim for compensation. Call us today and let us help you too. All of our solicitors are the best and they will be glad to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.