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Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. In the aftermath, it's important to stay calm and make rational decisions. Unfortunately, many people make a crucial mistake that can negatively impact their ability to seek compensation for damages and injuries. In this blog, we will discuss the most common mistake after a car accident and provide you with valuable tips on how to avoid it.

1. Not Calling the Police

One of the biggest mistakes people make after a car accident is failing to call the police. Regardless of the severity of the accident, it's crucial to involve law enforcement. The police report will serve as an official document that outlines the details of the accident, including who was at fault. This report can be invaluable when filing an insurance claim or seeking compensation for injuries.


  • Always call the police, even if the accident seems minor.
  • Provide the police with accurate and detailed information about the accident.
  • Obtain a copy of the police report for your records.

2. Admitting Fault

Another common mistake is admitting fault at the scene of the accident. It's natural to feel guilty or responsible, but it's essential to avoid making any statements that could be used against you later. Admitting fault can jeopardize your chances of receiving fair compensation for damages and injuries.


  • Do not apologize or admit fault, even if you think you may be partially responsible.
  • Stick to the facts when discussing the accident with the other party and the police.
  • Consult with an attorney before providing any statements to insurance companies.

3. Failing to Gather Evidence

Collecting evidence at the scene of the accident is crucial for building a strong case. Many people make the mistake of not gathering enough evidence, which can make it challenging to prove liability and damages.


  • Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, and road conditions.
  • Get contact information from any witnesses present at the scene.
  • Keep all medical records, bills, and receipts related to your injuries and treatment.

4. Delaying Medical Attention

Some individuals underestimate their injuries or believe they can tough it out without seeking immediate medical attention. However, delaying medical care can have serious consequences, both for your health and your legal case.


  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think your injuries are minor.
  • Follow all recommended treatments and attend all follow-up appointments.
  • Keep detailed records of your medical treatments and expenses.

5. Not Consulting with an Attorney

Perhaps the most significant mistake people make after a car accident is not seeking legal advice. An experienced car accident attorney can guide you through the complex legal process, protect your rights, and help you recover the compensation you deserve.


  • Contact a reputable car accident attorney as soon as possible.
  • Discuss the details of your case and any potential legal options.
  • Follow your attorney's advice and provide them with all necessary documentation.

Con't Hesitate to Contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C.

Remember, avoiding these common mistakes can significantly improve your chances of a successful car accident claim. If you find yourself in a car accident, it's crucial to consult with a skilled attorney who can provide you with personalized guidance based on your unique circumstances. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we specialize in car accident cases and are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the legal process effectively. Contact our office at (515) 705-0233 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.

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