After a car accident, Indiana law obligates you to stop and call for assistance. Furthermore, you may be required to exchange insurance information with other drivers involved in the wreck. Otherwise, it is in your best interest to say as little about the collision as possible to the police, other drivers or insurance company representatives.
Don’t undermine your ability to obtain compensation
Apologizing to another driver after a collision occurs could be interpreted as an admission of guilt. If you tell an officer that you aren’t hurt, he or she may include that information in his or her report. There is a good chance that an insurance company will try to use that statement as grounds to deny an auto accident claim. It may also be used by opposing counsel to cast doubt on whether your back, neck or other injuries were caused in the crash.
Seek medical treatment immediately
It isn’t uncommon to feel perfectly normal in the immediate aftermath of a crash. However, this doesn’t mean that you haven’t experienced a concussion, broken bones or other serious injuries. Instead, you may be in shock and unable to feel pain. Going to the hospital might allow you to obtain timely treatment, which may help to minimize any long-term damage to your health. Furthermore, it creates a medical record that can be used to obtain a favorable outcome in your auto accident case.
After a car accident, it is important to call for help, seek medical treatment and get in touch with an attorney. Legal counsel may be able to review your case and create a strategy to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.