You are stopped at a light or are waiting to make a turn when suddenly, and out of nowhere, someone rear ends you and destroys the back of your motor vehicle. You are in shock, you can't believe what happened, you are in pain, and you don't know what to do. We are contacted by people who have been injured in rear end accidents and some of them make a number of mistakes that literally cost them tens of thousands of dollars. If you have been involved in a rear end collision, where you have sustained injuries, there are three major things that you should never do after your Connecticut car accident.
1. Not Calling the Police
Sometimes the person that causes your rear end accident is quite apologetic and tries to convince you not to call the police. This person might not have insurance, this person might be driving a company car, this individual might have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or this individual may just want to leave the scene of the accident as soon as possible without involving the police. The first thing that you should never do after your rear end collision accident is to allow the at fault driver to leave the scene of the accident without contacting the police. The police must be called. The police will conduct an investigation and collect all of the relevant information about the parties and the facts and causes of the accident. This is something that you must do and you should not agree to allow the person that caused your end accident to leave without contacting the police.
2. Refusing to Go to the Hospital
If you are not feeling well, if you are in any type of pain, or if you have any visible injuries you should not refuse an offer of being taken to the nearest hospital by ambulance. Many times an injured party will decline medical treatment at the scene of the accident. This person might tell the police officer that they are not injured only because they do not have any broken bones or other visible injuries. It is very important that you be transported to the nearest emergency room so that your medical situation can be checked out, you can be given the proper medical care and attention, and you can be provided with discharge instructions as to what doctors you need to see after you return home. It is always best to proceed with caution because of the fact that shock and adrenaline might mask the injuries which you suffered as a result of your rear end accident. It is best to get this care and treatment, and have a determination made about your medical condition right after your car accident.
3. Not Consulting a Professional Accident Attorney
The final thing that you should never do after your rear end accident is attempt to handle your own motor vehicle accident case on your own without consulting an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney. The insurance company that represents the person that caused your accident will contact you and attempt to obtain a recorded statement from you under the guise of wanting to process your case so that your medical bills can be paid and your lost wages can be provided to you. This is one of the first places that you can make an error in severely undermining your case.
Our Connecticut accident attorneys provide free books and advice to injured parties and their families so they can obtain a better understanding and make an informed decision as to how they would like to proceed with their injury case.