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3 costly mistakes to avoid after a car accident

Getting into a car accident is a scary thought. While you might not want to think about the possibility, it is crucial to prepare in case one does occur. During the aftermath of a collision, you will likely feel stressed and confused. It is easy to make some mistakes in the heat of the moment. Unfortunately, these mistakes can affect how much compensation you receive for your vehicle damage or injuries.

Do not let this happen to you. Keep reading for the most common mistakes you should avoid if you get into a car crash.

1. Admitting fault

No matter the circumstances of the accident, you may feel inclined to apologize. Whether you contributed to the situation at all or not, resist apologizing to anyone involved at the scene. While you should certainly make sure everyone is okay and gets medical attention if necessary, do not say sorry because it could jeopardize your claim. Simply provide a description of the collision along with pictures and let the insurance companies figure it out.

2. Neglecting medical attention

You might think you do not have any injuries after a seemingly minor collision, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Shock and adrenaline may be preventing you from noticing pain. Even if you feel mild discomfort, it is wise for you to have a medical professional check you over.

3. Settling early

Even if the other driver is completely at fault and you receive some compensation, you could still get less than you deserve. The insurance company likely wants to pay you as little as possible and may offer an early settlement before you complete all medical treatments. Wait until you know the total cost of your care.

If you avoid these missteps, you can strengthen your chances for proper reimbursement. Read this U.S. News Money article for more tips to follow after a car accident.


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