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A car accident can be a traumatic experience. Don’t make it worse by not acting to protect yourself. Five of the costliest mistakes you can make after an accident are:

MISTAKE #1. Not accepting or obtaining prompt medical attention for any injured parties, including yourself. Many times, people feel okay just after an accident, maybe because they are in shock, or maybe because the serious symptoms of their injuries do not appear right away. It is best to be examined by emergency personnel immediately following the accident, and to consent to be transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. If that is not an option, visit an urgent care center or arrange to see your family doctor as soon as you leave the scene. A decision NOT to seek medical treatment following a traumatic accident could be deadly.

MISTAKE #2. Not calling the police and filing an auto accident report. It is important to document the accident to determine who is at fault. If a person hits you with their vehicle and they just want to “exchange insurance information” and not call the police. Tell them “no,” and then call law enforcement yourself. Never leave the scene of the accident without contacting law enforcement and waiting for them to arrive and file a report.

MISTAKE #3. Making statements to the police or anyone else in which you admit you are at fault. You may or may not have been at fault, either fully or partially, but you also may not know all the facts. You may not be aware that the other driver was impaired, texting or speeding, or that their vehicle was in some way not operating properly. Never make statements admitting fault without first consulting your lawyer.

MISTAKE #4. Not gathering information at the accident scene. Not only should you get a copy of the police report, but you should be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other party or parties involved in the accident. If you are able, take photos of the damage. Most cell phones have cameras these days, so it should be easy to get the photos you need to document the facts. Also, be sure to obtain the names and telephone numbers of witnesses.

MISTAKE #5. Providing information and speaking to the insurance company about the car accident prior to first consulting a lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in car accidents. By speaking with the insurance company before you talk with your lawyer, you could be providing information detrimental to your interests and denying yourself compensation for your injuries.