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5 mistakes people hurt in car crashes may make with insurance

On Behalf of | May 17, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Car crashes can be overwhelming. Dealing with insurance companies can add to the stress.

Unfortunately, many people make mistakes that affect their claims. This can impact their compensation.

1. Failing to seek immediate medical attention

After a car crash, some people delay seeking medical attention. They might feel fine at first, but injuries such as whiplash or internal injuries can take time to manifest. Not seeing a doctor immediately can make it difficult to prove that the crash caused the injuries. This can give the insurance company grounds to deny the claim or reduce the compensation amount.

2. Not reporting the accident promptly

Some policies have strict time limits for reporting, and failure to follow these guidelines can result in claim denial. Prompt reporting also helps in documenting the incident accurately, which is important for the claim process.

3. Admitting fault at the scene

Admitting fault or apologizing at the scene of the accident is something the insurance company can use against you. Statements made in the heat of the moment can be interpreted as an admission of liability. Stick to the facts when discussing the accident with police officers, witnesses and insurance representatives.

4. Providing a recorded statement too soon

Insurance adjusters may ask for a recorded statement soon after the accident. Giving a statement without understanding the full extent of the injuries or the details of the accident can harm the claim.

5. Accepting the first settlement offer

Insurance companies often make quick settlement offers that are lower than what the injured party deserves. Accepting the first offer without thoroughly evaluating the long-term costs of medical treatment and other damages can result in inadequate compensation.

Avoiding these common mistakes can help you work through the insurance claim process more effectively.


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