The actions you take after an accident are as important as your actions leading up to the accident. As the victim of your accident, the compensation you could get from a personal injury claim is vital to funding your recovery. But when even a minor mistake can cost you a cut from your compensation, you need to be sure that you are not acting against your best interests.

The cost of bodily injury in a car accident can be upwards of $15,000. Without fair compensation to protect you, the cost of your recovery and damages can come out of your own pockets. Here are some mistakes to avoid after an accident:

Accepting/admitting blame

Social courtesies are polite in most situations, like saying “excuse me” after bumping into someone. After an accident, these courtesies can cost you. Saying “I am sorry” or “it was my fault” may have just been a reflex, but the other party can still use those words against you to make you assume some or all of the responsibility, even when it was not your fault.

Not gathering evidence

After an accident, you may not want to go around taking photos, collecting contact information of witnesses, and calling the police; these steps can be vital to a strong case for compensation. The less you have available to prove your side of things, the easier it will be for the at-fault party to dispute your claim.

Acting without an attorney

Lawyers know how to keep from saying things that may jeopardize your compensation. When you need to interact with the at-fault party, your statements and actions can come back to haunt you if you are not careful. Find an attorney you can trust to fight for your best possible outcome while navigating you away from costly mistakes.  

A mistake can cost you everything

The things you say and do are just as important as the things you do not say and do after an accident. Make sure you are acting in your own best interest while fighting for your fair compensation.