Here are some common mistakes that Idaho drivers make after an accident and what you can do to avoid them.
Leaving the Scene
Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal, even if it’s a minor accident and there are no injuries. It’s essential to stay at the scene until the police arrive.
Not Contacting the Police
Even if the accident is minor, you should call the police. A police report can be helpful when filing an insurance claim.
Not Exchanging Information
It’s important to exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident, including names, phone numbers, and insurance information.
Don’t admit any wrongdoing at the scene, even if you believe you were at fault. Let the police and insurance companies determine who was at fault.
Not Seeking Medical Attention
If you’re injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you don’t feel any pain or discomfort immediately after the accident, you may still have injuries that could worsen over time.
Not Taking Photos
Take photos of the damage to all vehicles involved, as well as any injuries. These photos can be helpful when filing an insurance claim.
Not Notifying Your Insurance Company
Notify your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident, even if you don’t plan on filing a claim.
Failing to Document the Accident Scene
If possible, document the accident scene by taking photos or videos, writing down the time and location of the accident, and noting any weather or road conditions that may have contributed to the accident.
Talking to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company
Do not speak to the other driver’s insurance company without first consulting with your own insurance company or a personal injury attorney.
Not Following Up with Medical Treatment
If you seek medical treatment after an accident, it’s important to follow up with any recommended treatment or therapy. Failing to do so could affect your ability to recover compensation for your injuries.
Waiting Too Long to File a Claim
In Idaho, there is a statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim after an accident. If you wait too long to file a claim, you may lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Not Hiring an Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident, it may be in your best interest to consult with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can help protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Often drivers make mistakes that can have serious consequences. However, by avoiding these common mistakes, you can help protect your legal rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Remember to stay calm, assess the situation, and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and protect your legal rights.