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Top 4 mistakes people make after car accidents

Thousands of traffic collisions occur every year in New Jersey. Local radio station 101.5 recently released a list of things to do after a car accident. There are plenty of things to take care of at the scene, but there are numerous things you never want to do.

The following actions can negatively impact your claim and affect how much money you can ultimately receive. 

1. Driving away

It is against the law to flee the scene of an accident. Even if it was a fender bender, you always want to drive your car to the side of the road to check in on the other driver. You need to stay there until law enforcement arrives to make a report.

2. Lying

Throughout the claims process, you might feel tempted to lie along the way to try to get more in damages. For example, you might want to exaggerate your injuries to acquire more money. In the event the other party proves your injuries are not as severe as you said they were, then your credibility in the courtroom takes a hit. You may need compensation for medical expenses, but you have damaged your reputation. 

3. Not obtaining all the details

You need to do more than simply exchange insurance information with the other driver. You want to take pictures of the scene, making sure you have photographs of all the damage both vehicles sustained. You also want to see a doctor, so you get a diagnosis for the exact injury you have. 

4. Saying "sorry"

You may not have all the details after a crash, so you do not know how much liability you hold. You never want to say you were at fault because it will be extremely detrimental to your claim. Even saying "sorry" can imply you realize you are at least partially at fault. 

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