3 Post-Crash Mistakes That Can Make You Ineligible to Get Compensation

Being involved in an auto accident is one of the scariest and most disorienting things most people will ever experience. And as frightening as a crash can be when you emerge unscathed or with only minor bumps and bruises, it can be significantly more distressing and traumatic if you’re seriously injured.

Victims of auto accidents often say that they have a difficult time thinking straight afterward. This can be for two reasons. First, the stress of the accident can make them feel completely “discombobulated.” Second, they may suffer mild concussions or brain injuries that can physically interfere with their ability to think properly.

Unfortunately, many victims unknowingly make major mistakes in the minutes and hours after their crashes that can impact them for the rest of their lives. That’s because those mistakes can jeopardize their chances of getting compensation.

What are those mistakes?

  1. Admitting fault—Even if evidence later proves you didn’t cause the crash, admitting fault to the police officer, other driver, or insurance company can tank your claim.
  2. Not calling 911—Never leave the scene of a crash without calling 911 and waiting for police to arrive. Doing so not only means no compensation, but it’s also illegal.
  3. Waiting too long to take legal action—Tennessee’s statute of limitations is only one year after a crash. That’s among the shortest in the U.S., and when it expires, that’s it! No second chances.

At Ponce Law, it’s our job to protect injured drivers’ health and rights to compensation after crashes. Contact our Nashville auto accident lawyers right away after an accident for a free consultation.


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