We often speak about the best steps to take in the aftermath of an accident. We communicate these suggestions to you to ensure that if you do find yourself involved in an accident, you’ll know what steps to take in order to give yourself the best chance of a positive outcome. But what if you haven’t heard these tips? What if you forget about them? What if you choose to ignore them? Today’s blog post will cover what not to do in the aftermath of your accident. We hope that explaining these common accident mistakes will provide vital context for why certain steps are necessary, even if you have no desire to pursue damages.
While other post-accident mistakes we’ll cover may limit your ability to pursue compensation, leaving the scene of your accident prematurely may actually be a crime. If you’ve been involved in a car crash or other vehicular accident, leaving the scene before checking on any other individuals involved may result in a hit and run charge. If the accident results in injury or death in Maryland or Virginia, a hit and run would be considered a felony. Additionally, the offense will rise to the level of a felony in Virginia if the accident results in over $1000 worth of damages.
Many of the most common accident mistakes occur in the immediate aftermath. This is understandable, as an accident may leave you disoriented, in pain, or otherwise incapacitated. But if you have your wits about you, avoiding these mistakes as much as possible will save you headaches in the long run.
Most of us understand that exchanging insurance information with any other driver, cyclist, or pedestrian involved in an accident is an essential step. Failure to collect their insurance policy number may seriously limit your chances of recovery. But this is not the only useful piece of personal information you should collect. Other relevant facts include:
Under no circumstances should you moving any vehicle or object involved in the accident without first documenting the scene with photographic or video evidence. Failure to do so may make it difficult to reconstruct the accident and determine the objective truth of what occurred.
This is one error which may be understandable on purely emotional terms. After the trauma of an accident, you may fear judgement by law enforcement. You may harbor some suspicion that you’ll be fined or charged with a crime. But consider the situation logically; if you plan to seek compensation for injuries or damaged property, you’ll need to establish the facts of the incident first. Calling the police, and helping the responding officers generate a police report, will provide an objective basis for your case, crafted a neutral third party. The police report will then enter the public record, where it can be consulted by your attorney. Without this report, your accident may become a case of “he said, she said.” This may severely limit your chances of recovery.
Once you’ve left the scene of your accident and begun the insurance claims process, there are still common accident mistakes you ought to be wary of. Let’s recount some of them in brief.
Many of these common mistakes can be alleviated by retaining a personal injury attorney whose judgement and knowledge you can rely on. Malloy Law helps hundreds of people just like you navigate the aftermath of their accidents. With a strong focus on client-first personal injury litigation; our experienced team can win your case. Whether it’s a car accident, slip and fall injury, or even a workplace accident; Malloy Law can craft a winning strategy to secure maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today and let’s win your case.