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A car accident can be an emotionally overwhelming and traumatic experience, especially if you suffered an injury. But it is important to understand that what you do after the collision will affect whether you are able to recover financial compensation for your losses. 

While you must know about the proper steps to take, you must also be aware of what mistakes to avoid. 

The following are five of the most common mistakes people make after a car accident: 

  1. Admitting fault – Saying “I’m sorry” can be an instinctual response when you accidentally bump into someone while walking or even when you’re in someone’s way. Yet, doing so after a crash can be interpreted as an admission of fault by the other driver or their insurance company. Avoid apologizing – even accidentally – at all costs. 

  1. Not calling the police – In Connecticut, you are required by law to report the crash to the police – no matter how much damage was done. Law enforcement officials will collect evidence and prepare a crash report that contains important information. This report can also help you prove that the other party is at fault for the crash. If you do not call the police, you risk losing one of the most important pieces of evidence for your accident claim or lawsuit. 

  1. Not gathering evidence – Taking pictures is important for collecting evidence for your claim or lawsuit. Since cellphones are now equipped with cameras, documenting the scene of the accident is easier than ever. Without concrete evidence of the property damage and injuries you sustained, then proving your case will be more difficult. 

  1. Not getting medical attention – Not only do you need to visit the doctor to understand the full extent of your injury and receive the proper treatment, but you also need to obtain medical records to prove the legitimacy of your injury to insurance companies. The truth is some accident injuries are not immediately apparent after a collision, which is why it is better have a doctor examine you, rather than wait until the injury gets worse. 

  1. Accepting the first offer – The first settlement offer from insurance companies are often not what the injured party deserves. While it is tempting to resolve the case quickly, you have an opportunity to maximize your entitled compensation by building your case, especially with the help of a lawyer. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Connecticut, contact our Hartford legal team at Zayas Law Firm today at (860) 854-9156 for a free initial consultation. Serving Connecticut since 1990. 

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