No one heads out on the road expecting to get into a car wreck with a drunk driver. Even minor Houston fender benders can create problems in our lives. It is this same surprising nature that makes it virtually impossible to be fully prepared for a DWI car accident. If one should happen, having some foreknowledge can be helpful.
For instance, there are tons of mistakes that we unknowingly make in the aftermath of a car accident. We’ve listed some of the more common ones below.
Failure to file a police report
Typically seen in drunk driving related fender benders, the failure to file a police report can hurt us physically and financially – especially since many issues (medical and vehicular) don’t always show up immediately after a car accident. Once the Houston Police Department has arrived on the scene, make sure they get the names and address of any witnesses.
If the officer determines that the other party is at fault, this (along with the names of the valuable witnesses) will be in the report as well and can be of great assistance to you when filing an insurance claim.
Failure to Seek Medical Care
Just because you feel fine after a DWI car wreck doesn’t mean that you should forego emergency care. In fact, you should get a complete medical exam immediately (or as soon as possible) after the accident. Sometimes, injuries (like whiplash) don’t show up until a few days after the accident, getting documentation ensures that undiagnosed medical injuries don’t negatively influence your car accident settlement case.
Failure of Tact
Another common mistake people make after a car accident is talking to the other party’s insurance company. This is a trap, not a requirement – as many have come to believe. You have to remember that the other driver’s insurance company does not want to give you any money, even if you are innocent. It is their goal to find small cracks in what you say and assign blame to you so they can avoid their responsibility.