Injured in a car accident? Avoid these 3 mistakes (from a car accident lawyer).
Car accidents happen to everyone. If you are injured in a car accident, knowing what to do in the aftermath will have a significant bearing on your personal injury claim. In my opinion, if you avoid making the three following mistakes (if you’ve already made one it’s okay – but call immediately), you’ll be in the best possible position to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
A lot of car accident victims think their injuries aren’t that bad. They decline medical attention at the scene and then end up in the emergency room a few days later. This can be problematic. Most importantly, failing to seek medical attention can make your recovery more difficult. Similarly, not seeking medical attention can make it difficult for an insurance company to later believe that the car accident was actually the cause of your injuries.
Instead, if you’re in a car accident, be honest with yourself and with others. Always let first responders know about your symptoms, regardless of how minor your injuries may seem. After all, a lot of injuries don’t seem severe, especially in the shock after a car accident. But once the shock wears off, that initial pain can be something serious – and it can get worst. Instead, even if you do not believe your injuries are serious, consider visiting the ER anyway to be safe.
Waiting to act about a variety of things can have severe consequences when pursuing a personal injury claim following a car accident.
First, don’t wait to get medical care. Waiting to seek medical care will make it difficult to later prove that the car accident was the cause of your injuries. Even worse, you’re putting your health at risk.
Second, don’t wait to investigate the car accident. Failing to investigate the car accident might result in evidence disappearing. For example, witnesses might forget important details (or not remember details altogether) and video footage might get deleted.
Third, don’t wait to contact a car accident lawyer. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be for a car accident lawyer to obtain a positive resolution of your claim. Plus, there are important deadlines called statute of limitations – wait too long and you might have zero chance of ever obtaining compensation for your injuries.
Trusting the insurance company for the at-fault party is a huge mistake that can ruin your accident claim. In the days following a car accident, you’ll be contacted by an insurance adjuster from the at-fault party. Regardless of how friendly they seem, their job is to save the insurance company money – they are not on your side!
When you’re contacted by the insurance adjuster from the at-fault driver, you should politely decline to discuss the accident or your injuries with them. Instead, you should end the call and schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer immediately (doesn’t have to be me – just be sure you obtain proper legal representation from an experienced car accident lawyer).
Working with a Car Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in a car accident, immediately contact an experienced car accident lawyer. Don’t make the mistake of taking on an insurance company alone. And if you’re concerned about legal fees, don’t be – virtually all car accident lawyers (myself included) handle car accident claims on a contingency, meaning you pay attorney fees out of your eventual recovery, so you do not have to pay your car accident lawyer hourly fees.
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