If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to know what not to do after the fact. People make many mistakes after a car accident, leading to further injuries or problems down the road and lowering their chances of getting the compensation they deserve. Here are some mistakes people make after an accident.

Leaving the scene of the accident.
Leaving the accident scene is a big mistake, even if the accident is minor. If you leave the scene, you could be charged for a hit and run, which can result in fines and jail time. Leaving the scene could also be considered a felony. If you’re in an accident, stay at the scene and call for help.

Failing to report to the police.
It’s crucial to report to the police after an accident. Failing to report the accident may result in a denial of coverage or a reduced settlement offer. Not filing a police report can make it challenging to prove your case. Don’t hesitate to contact the police if you’ve been involved in a car accident.

Ignoring your medical needs.
After an accident, your priority should be seeking medical help for your injuries. However, many people ignore their injuries in the aftermath of an accident because they don’t think they’re serious, and this mistake can have serious consequences. Even if you believe the injuries you sustained are not severe, seeking medical help is essential.

Trying to handle your claim alone.

Another mistake people make after an accident is trying to file a claim alone. The insurance companies will have their own teams of adjusters, investigators, and attorneys; all focused on protecting the insurance company’s interests. By contrast, you will be dealing with the aftermath of the accident while also trying to navigate the claims process. As a result, seeking legal help can level the playing field.