What Not To Do After A Car Accident
Personal Injury Lawyer
The chaos after a car accident is overwhelming even for the calmest, level headed individual. You will be forced to think about medical issues, insurance information, auto damages and police reports. It is common to find articles about the correct steps to take following a car accident however below is a list of common mistakes made following a car accident.
1) Fail to Involve the Police
Documentation is one of the most important aspects when pursuing a claim for damages because of a car accident. It is important to call the police after a car accident and have an official report of the accident filed.
2) Admit Fault
Following a car accident, it is common to speak to the other party involved to make sure they are okay and exchange insurance information. It is important to never admit fault or even apologize for the accident. An apology can be taken out of context and used as an admittance of guilt should the case go to trial. One of the major aspects of an auto accident claim is proving guilt to hold a party liable for damages. Even speaking to your own insurance company could inadvertently damage your claim. Always consult with your attorney before speaking with other parties involved in the accident.
3) Fail to Seek Medical Attention
After a car accident, your body will be surging with adrenaline. It is common to walk away from an accident feeling okay only to find out later that you have sustained an injury. Always get medical care following an accident. Some injuries like concussions do not present immediate symptoms and can grow worse when left untreated. It important for a claim to have documented medical treatment and detailed reports of any injuries sustained in the accident.
4) Wait to File a Claim
Every state has different laws that govern the amount of time you must file a claim following an accident. It is best to consult with an experienced attorney who can educate you about specific state laws, statutes of limitations, and how to proceed with a claim to recover damages.
5) Leave the Scene of the Accident
Sometimes tapping someone’s bumper in a parking lot may not seem like a big deal. Leaving the scene of an accident however (even a minor accident) can carry heavy criminal consequences. In the state of Florida, leaving the scene of an accident that involves property damage is a second-degree misdemeanor. In addition to a potential civil lawsuit, you will be facing criminal charges as well.
6) Wait to Take Witness Statements
It is natural that over time, a person’s memory becomes less and less reliable about the facts of an event. It is important to contact witnesses and take statements as soon as possible after the accident. This will ensure that the most accurate, credible statement is obtained.
7) Fail to Consult an Attorney
The aftermath of a car accident can be a stressful, confusing time. If you want to pursue a claim to recover damages from the accident, it is best to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney will be able to guide you through the legal process and help you attain the compensation you deserve.
Posted on October 9, 2018 @ 1:47 am