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Avoid these four mistakes after a car accident

David Sexton

After a car accident, you should always contact the police so that the officers can file an official report. The accident does not have to be severe for the cops to respond. It certainly does not have to be of the same severity as a crash that recently occurred in Knoxville off Interstate 40 East.

Regardless of who was at fault for the crash, it is important for all parties to follow the proper protocols. Making a mistake in the immediate aftermath can result in repercussions that affect how much money your insurance agency has to pay out.

1. Acting in anger

You will naturally feel upset following a crash, especially if the other driver was clearly at fault. However, you want to maintain a courteous demeanor when you speak with the other driver and when you speak with the police. You should not yell at the other driver, and you definitely do not want to lash out, such as kicking the other car in a rage. These actions will work against you if the case goes to court.

2. Failing to get documentation

In addition to filing a police report, you should also accrue other forms of documentation to show how severe the collision was. You need to take pictures of both vehicles. Get pictures of both the inside and outside of each car. You should also see if any witnesses in the area would offer to provide testimony. Write down critical details of event related to the weather and any discrepancies in the road.

3. Disclosing pertinent information on social media

Insurance adjusters and attorneys will try to find your social media accounts after you file a claim. Do not disclose anything related to the crash until the case is final.

4. Settling early

You can expect your insurance agency to make an offer fairly quickly. However, you should have your attorney review this offer before you take it. A lawyer will review every aspect of your case to determine if you could get more money.

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