Car accidents are extremely stressful. You or a loved one might be badly injured from the
accident. You may be dealing with the stress a car accident can create on your finances. The
costs of medical expenditures and car repairs can easily build up to overwhelming amounts.
When you are in a car accident, it is important to try to calmly assess the situation. In these
situations, most people act emotionally or impulsively, which causes them to make huge
mistakes around how to address the situation. Here are the most important car accident rules to
follow, in order to avoid making the same mistakes:
1. Call the police. The police are vital in all cases. They make a report of the incident,
gather evidence, collect names and contact information of witnesses, collect each drivers’
name and contact information, and take photographs. They also make a note of the party
who is at fault. You should get a copy of the accident report, and the badge number of the
officer who created the report.
2. Do not admit guilt. Admitting guilt to anyone, such as friends, family, or police officers
will allow insurance companies to get out of paying for the accident. Insurance
companies do everything they can to pay the least amount of money possible. Even if you
weren’t at fault, any admission of guilt lessens the chances of recovering.
3. See a doctor as soon as possible. Underestimating your injuries lets insurance companies,
and other parties, doubt your claims of injury. If you do not see a doctor immediately, the
other party will try to prove that your injuries were caused after the accident, and thus
they are not liable to pay. Start an injury journal, where you note your levels of pain, your
physical symptoms, and the limits of your physical ability.
4. Remember that insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart. Although
insurance companies act as though they are trying to protect you, their goal is to spend
the least amount of money possible. Do not trust the insurance company and settle too
quickly. The sooner you settle, the sooner they can close your case and move on.
However, if you wait to settle, you get more information on your injuries and treatments
that are required, such as physical therapy or doctor’s appointments. After finding out
this information, the settlement offer will include compensation for your medical

Figuring out how to deal with a car accident can be extremely stressful. If you have been in a car
accident, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to protect your interests. If you or a loved
one has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney at Bellotti Law Group
P.C. or visit our website to help you get the compensation you need. Call us at 617-225-2100 for a free consultation