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5 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make after a New Hampshire Car Accident

March, 2022

5 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make after a New Hampshire Car Accident A car accident is a jarring experience that leaves many victims shaken and unsure of what to do next. Unfortunately, this stress can cause the injured victim to make critical mistakes following an accident. These mistakes can severely impact the success of the victim’s accident claim and prevent them from receiving compensation for the full extent of their injuries.

If you suffered an injury in a car crash in New Hampshire, you do not have to deal with the aftermath alone. One of the best things you can do following an accident is to contact a car accident lawyer. Your lawyer will guide you through the claims process and ensure you receive the compensation you need so you can focus on your healing and recovery.

Top 5 Most Common Mistakes You Can Make after a Car Accident in New Hampshire

It can be challenging to determine what to do next following a car accident. Having a clear understanding of what not to do can make navigating the aftermath of an accident more straightforward. Here are the top five most common mistakes victims make following a car accident.

Leaving the Scene of the Accident

Unless you are in immediate danger or require emergency medical care, you should stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. While at the scene, collect information from the other party involved in the accident and any eye-witnesses. Taking photos of the scene and the injuries you sustained could also serve as crucial evidence for your claim. If you leave the scene, you will likely not have the information you need to pursue a claim.

Underestimating Your Injuries

After a car accident, it is essential to seek professional medical care as soon as possible. Injuries that may seem insignificant at the time of the accident could worsen over time without proper care. Additionally, if you wait to see a doctor, insurance companies and liable parties may call your injuries into question when you file your claim.

Failing to Call the Police

Even if the accident seems minor, it is always important to call 911 and report it. The liable driver may try to convince you not to, however reporting the accident can ensure the accident is handled correctly and establish liability. Police reports and the evidence the officer collects at the scene can be vital elements to support your claim.

Admitting Fault

In the confusion following an accident, you may feel the need to apologize or explain what happened on your end to the other driver. However, you should avoid admitting responsibility for the accident in any way. Saying things like “I didn’t see you” or “I tried to slow down in time” could be seen as an admission of fault and harm your claim.

Handling Your Claim Alone

Many car accident victims try to handle their claims independently under the assumption that insurance companies will treat them fairly. Unfortunately, insurance companies are often not on your side. While you should report any accident to your own insurance company and you typically have a duty to cooperate with them, that duty does not extend to the insurer of the other party and should not agree to provide a recorded statement to the other person’s insurance company until you have discussed it with a New Hampshire accident attorney. Also, many insurance companies will attempt to offer you the smallest amount of compensation possible for your injuries. This amount may not cover future medical needs, lost wages, or other damages you may be entitled to collect. A skilled car accident attorney can organize the evidence and build a solid claim to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Contact a Trusted New Hampshire Car Accident Attorney Today

If you are a victim of a car crash in New Hampshire, you deserve to have an aggressive advocate on your side. At Kenison Law Office, we are proud to offer a personalized and compassionate approach to every case. For over 25 years, Attorney John B. Kenison has been helping clients across New Hampshire achieve the best possible outcome for their personal injury claims. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call us at (603) 945-7142 or complete our contact form today.

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