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When a person is injured in an auto accident, the steps they take in the immediate aftermath of the collision can significantly impact whether they can recover monetary compensation for their damages. Without realizing it, many accident victims make mistakes that hinder their ability to receive financial compensation for their losses. That being said, knowing what steps to take after an auto accident is imperative to safeguard your legal rights. Similarly, it is just as important to know what not to do after a collision to ensure you do not jeopardize the future of your case. Please continue reading to learn what not to do after an auto accident and how our trusted Westchester County Auto Accident Attorneys can help you today.

What are the most common mistakes made after an auto accident in New York?

Ensuring you don’t make a common mistake after an auto accident is crucial to maximizing your chances of collecting monetary compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. The following include but are not limited to some common mistakes victims make after an auto accident:

Not calling the police

Following a car accident, if anyone involved is injured or there is substantial property damage, you must contact the police. Many accident victims make the mistake of not calling the police, which results in severe consequences, including significant fines and even possible jail time. It is imperative to remain at the accident scene until the police have arrived. The police will assist in collecting valuable evidence that can be used to prove the responsible party’s negligence. They will take down witness statements, take photographs, and block off the accident scene to ensure everyone on the road’s safety. Ultimately, a police report will contain critical information regarding the accident that can help you prove the other party’s fault.

Refusing or delaying medical treatment

Even if you think your injuries are minor, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention. It is not only dangerous for your health, but failing to seek medical care after an accident can diminish your ability to recover monetary compensation for your damages. This is because the insurance company can argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim them to be, as you did not need medical attention, or they can claim that you contributed to the severity of your injuries as you failed to mitigate further damage to ensure a speedy recovery by denying medical care. Therefore, it is vital to have a medical professional treat your injuries.

Waiting too long to file your claim  

One of the most common mistakes victims make is failing to file their claim within the right timeframe. In New York, accident victims have three years from the accident date to file a claim. If you fail to meet the strict deadline, you will relinquish your right to seek monetary compensation for your damages.

Not hiring an experienced attorney

The most significant mistake a victim can make after an auto accident is failing to retain the legal services of an experienced attorney. An attorney will investigate the circumstances of the collision and assist in gathering pertinent evidence to prove your claim. Typically, insurance adjusters will quickly approach victims and offer them a lowball settlement to settle the case before victims have had a chance to understand how much they may be entitled to for their damages. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact a determined attorney from Hausman & Penzick, who can help you fight to attain the just compensation you deserve.