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Driving is a mundane daily task for many people: Driving to and from work; dropping the kids off at school; running to the grocery store. Driving is something the average person doesn’t think much about.

Which is why a car accident comes as such a surprise – such a shock. A car accident is impossible to prepare for. When it happens, adrenaline and panic may take over.

Because a car accident takes its victims by surprise, they may act in a way that could actually harm their potential legal case.

Let’s take a look at five common mistakes people make in the aftermath of a car accident:

· Mistake #1 – Posting on social media: Posting anything about the accident on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or another site is best avoided. This information could be used against you by insurance companies. If you have to vent, do so in private with your friends and family.

· Mistake #2 – Admitting fault: Even if you think you caused the accident, it is best to avoid admitting fault. An investigation will determine the cause of your accident.

· Mistake #3 – Not calling the police: Calling the police is the first thing you should do after a car accident. Don’t try to handle this one-on-one with the other driver.

· Mistake #4 – Refusing medical attention: If you don’t feel injured, it may seem unnecessary to see a doctor. But it is important to seek a medical exam to determine if you have any injuries that you may not be able to feel or see. Internal bleeding, for example, can be extremely dangerous but may not be asymptomatic.

· Mistake #5 – Not hiring a personal injury attorney: If you have been injured in an accident, your insurance company may offer you much less than what your claim is actually worth. This is not the time to do it yourself. Work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and help you seek maximum compensation.

Free consultation: If you wish to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your accident and legal options, please call us at 1-844-ELK-WEST.