Three Things You Should Never Do After An Auto Accident

When you get into an auto accident, there several things you are likely to know concerning what to do. For example, you know to exchange insurance information, and if the accident is bad enough, you know to call the police. You also know about filing a claim with the other driver's insurance company. However, there are several things you should never do. The following are three of them.

You don't see a doctor

You should always see a doctor. There are several reasons for this. Obviously, you want to make sure you have no immediate health issues, but you also need to see a doctor to help an attorney get you the compensation you are entitled to. It is not uncommon to have an injury that does not manifest itself until well after the accident. At that time, you may want to get an attorney to sue, but the insurance company is going to be suspicious about this injury. Why didn't you go to a doctor after the accident? Even if you have an injury, it may have occurred after the accident. Delaying a trip to the doctor makes it more difficult to receive a financial settlement.

Admitting guilt

If you tell the other driver in the accident that it was your fault or you said this to a police officer who is writing the accident report, you make it more difficult for an attorney. Even if you think the accident was your fault, legally it may not have been your fault. Additionally, it can be difficult to determine who was at fault in an accident. Leave all of this to an attorney. If you admit guilt, you may end up paying for the damage from your insurance. This can lead to higher insurance rates or even a canceled policy.

Putting your faith in an insurance company

If yo have been injured in a car accident and it is the fault of the other driver, you will likely be offered a settlement amount from the driver's insurance company. But it is a huge mistake to think this insurance company will be fair. Insurance companies are profit making businesses. They will pay out no more than they have to. To get all of the compensation you are entitled to, you need to hire a personal injury attorney. An insurance company representative will sound sympathetic, but they are not motivated to do what is in your best interest.

Knowing what not to do after an accident, is just as important as knowing what to do. This is especially important if you decide to hire an attorney. Avoiding the mistakes above will give your lawyer the best chance at getting the maximum auto accident settlement you are entitled to.