You can’t anticipate being involved in a car accident, and when it does happen, it can affect your decision-making skills.
And that lack of clear thinking can lead you to make some mistakes that could end up complicating a legal claim in the future.
So to ensure that you protect your rights after you’re involved in a car accident that was not your fault, here are three things you should be mindful of, to avoid making a mistake that can hurt your potential for a claim.
Make sure that you take as many pictures as you can of the accident scene. In fact, you may even want to take video of the scene as well just to ensure that you capture as many details as possible.
This can be vital when your lawyer needs evidence to prove that the accident was not your fault.
It’s a huge mistake to wait hours or days to seek treatment after a car accident causes an injury, because the lawyer for the party that caused the accident can claim that you were not seriously injured because you delayed visiting a doctor.
Seek treatment even if you believe that your injury is minor, because some injuries are only detectable through an X-ray or some other type of medical examination.
In the aftermath of a car accident, some insurance companies like to talk to those involved in the wreck while they are still at the scene.
While it is fine for you to call your own insurance company, never agree to talk to the other driver’s insurance company on the phone.
The reason is that you are not likely to be thinking logically, and anything you say to that insurance representative can be used against you later when you pursue a claim.
After you’ve talked to your own insurance company and obtained the other driver’s contact information, the only person you should talk to in an official capacity is the police officer that comes to take an accident report.
One of the most important things you can do after a car accident is to secure the services of an experienced personal injury firm, such as the team at Fetterman & Associates, PA. Our job is to take care of all the details that are vital to a successful claim, so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. The two best ways to judge the quality of a personal injury firm is to examine its experience and the number of settlements and jury awards the firm has won. We score high on both of these criteria. Please call us at 561-845-2510 for a free legal consultation.
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