Car accidents can be devastating for any resident of New Mexico. In the aftermath, some people make common mistakes. You need to know about these so you can avoid making them yourself if you are in one.
Fleeing the scene of the accident
It’s illegal to flee the scene of a car accident. Even if the accident seems minor with no injuries, you should remain at the scene until the police arrive. If you leave, you can later be charged with a hit and run even if you weren’t at fault for the collision.
Not contacting 911
It’s important to call 911 after a car accident, but many people make the mistake of not doing it. Some people think they can handle the situation on their own. However, the police should arrive at the scene to make an accident report. If injuries or damages have occurred, you will want a police report to exist and obtain a copy of it as evidence.
Not seeking medical attention
One of the biggest mistakes a person can make after being involved in a car accident is not seeking medical attention. While it’s normal to feel okay after an accident, it might just be adrenaline. Usually, injuries can show themselves later and might take hours or even days to do so. Getting a medical evaluation can show the true extent of your injuries, which is important if they’re internal.
Saying too much afterward
You should always exchange information with the other driver after a car accident. However, saying too much or even just apologizing can be construed as an admission of fault that can work against you legally. The best thing to do is say only what’s necessary when exchanging information.
Waiting too long to act
After a car accident, people sometimes make the mistake of waiting too long to file their personal injury claim. Whether that’s with the court or an insurance company, the claim can be thrown out. Never wait too long to file.
Avoiding these mistakes after a car accident can make all the difference in the world.