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4 Things You Should Not Do After a Texas Car Crash

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corpus christi personal injury lawyerSerious car accidents can leave you shaken and not thinking clearly. The scene around you can be chaotic, with multiple first responders, disabled vehicles blocking the roads, and even onlookers crowding in. There are a few common mistakes shortly after an accident that can complicate their claim later. Remembering what not to do after a crash can be just as important as remembering what to do. In any case, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney promptly if you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash. 

4 Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

There are a few things to keep in mind after a car accident in order to preserve your claim. A seemingly simple mistake at the accident scene can cause difficulty when you attempt to recover compensation for your injuries. After a car crash, do not: 

  • Admit fault - Avoid saying anything that suggests you may be even partially to blame. Do not apologize to the at-fault driver or suggest that you could have avoided the accident. An attorney can assess whether your share of fault may limit the amount you can recover, but the scene of the crash is not the time to address this.

  • Ignore pain - Adrenaline can act as a natural pain killer, and it is often present in abundance right after a serious crash. If you are still in pain despite this effect, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Do not delay treatment or state that you are not hurt when you are. 

  • Make a deal - Making a handshake deal with the at-fault driver is unlikely to end in your favor. You may not know the extent of your injuries, what type of treatment you will need, or how long you will be out of work. A verbal agreement could be enforceable in court later. Do not make any agreements about fault or compensation before speaking to an attorney. 

  • Wait to call a lawyer - Handling the immediate aftermath of a car accident can be a challenge. There are a lot of things to remember and a lot of steps to take. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you can be sure that your claim is being preserved and managed by a qualified professional who can help you avoid these pitfalls. 

Even after the dust has settled, there are a number of ways the at-fault driver’s insurance company could try to manipulate you into making a mistake that significantly decreases the amount of compensation you will receive. It is best to be represented by counsel before speaking to any insurance companies after an accident. 

Contact a Nueces County Car Accident Attorney

If you were hurt in a car accident, contacting The Edwards Law Firm sooner rather than later may help you preserve your claim. Call us at 361-698-7600 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Corpus Christi car accident lawyers



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