Four Mistakes to Avoid Following a Traffic Accident
While no one plans to be involved in a traffic accident, preparation can mean that you avoid potentially disastrous mistakes when coping with the pain and stress that often accompany a collision. If you suffer any injury or significant vehicle damage, you should speak to an experienced auto accident attorney to determine your potential rights and remedies. Until you have had the opportunity to speak to an experienced attorney, read the suggestions below for how to avoid early mistakes in your potential case.
Do Not Ignore Injuries: Many people fail to recognize the severity of their injuries following the trauma from an auto accident. Even if you think you have nothing but minor injuries, you should seek medical advice because serious conditions might not immediately manifest symptoms. Delays in seeking treatment can lead to a less optimistic prognosis and a potentially weaker personal injury claim.
Avoid Statements Suggesting Responsibility: A statement of sympathy for someone who is injured could be twisted by an insurance investigator or the other driver into an admission of negligence. A certain amount of communication with the other driver might be needed to exchange driver’s license, insurance, and registration information, but less is more when talking to the other party.
Do Not Rely On Police Investigation: Although you should always call the police if you are involved in a collision that results in injury, you should not assume the officer will gather all necessary information. If you are injured, you should have someone with you take photos of your injuries, vehicle damage, position of the vehicles, and any relevant environmental factor that might have contributed to the collision if you are in a position to do so. After pointing out potential witnesses to the investigating officer, the names, contact information, and the witnesses’ brief summary should be written down. A camera on a phone can be used to collect pictures of the other party’s driver’s license, registration, and insurance card.
Avoid Posting on Social Media: Insurance companies routinely request the login information for the social media sites of plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits. Injury victims should avoid discussing their accidents or injuries on social media even if they elect to continue their social media presence.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in an auto accident, an experienced auto accident lawyer can advise you regarding the best ways to protect the value of your personal injury claim.
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