Every time you get in your car and drive somewhere, you put yourself at risk of getting into a car accident. Car accidents can cause mild to serious injuries, and in some severe cases, death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in the U.S., car accidents injure approximately 2 million people every year. If you sustained injuries in a collision, avoid doing the following to protect your interests.
1. Admit fault
Anything you say to the other driver involved, the driver’s insurance company, law enforcement or anyone else involved in the collision could surface later on. Refrain from explicitly saying or inferring you were at fault for any part of the accident.
2. Underestimate the extent of your injuries
Car accidents can cause serious injuries, so it is possible you were severely hurt even if you do not feel like it right away. See a doctor shortly after the accident and seek medical care right away if you notice any additional symptoms.
3. Forget to gather evidence
Right after the car accident and in the coming days, gather as much information as you can about it. For example, take pictures of the scene of the crash, document your recovery and save all receipts from medical care received.
A car accident can affect your daily life, especially if you sustained serious injuries. By not admitting fault, seeking medical care for your injuries and gathering appropriate evidence about the crash, you can protect your right to fair and proper compensation.