The screech of tires and the clashing of metal may be the only signs you are about to be in a car accident. Afterward comes the disorientation and confusion, along with the lights, sirens and people trying to ask questions about what happened.
Although upset and emotional, now is the time for you to take a deep breath, pay attention to what is going on around you, and be aware of what someone is asking you. Here are three common mistakes some people make after an accident.
1. Taking the blame
You will talk to many people; police, EMTs, doctors, insurance agents. Do not admit guilt. You may be unaware of how the accident happened and, in the end, find out it was not your fault. Admitting fault may keep you from getting the total amount of compensation due to you.
2. Reporting the accident too late
Tennessee state law has a statute of limitations set on injuries received in a car accident. Anyone hurt in a crash has one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you have vehicle or property damage occur, you have three years.
3. Refusing to seek medical care
A headache from hitting your head on the steering wheel can turn into something much worse. Confusion, loss of memory or fogginess after the crash may be signs of a traumatic brain injury. If you do not want to go in the ambulance, have someone immediately take you to the hospital.
With an accident comes myriad issues you would rather not face. Making sure not to make these mistakes may keep you from additional stress and future problems.