April 7, 2020 |
Car Accident Attorneys
Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day. No one wants to be involved in an accident. Car accidents not only result in bodily harm, but also property damage, salary wages, and emotional distress.
Often following an accident, victims find themselves responsible for paying for it all – Even if the accident was a result of someone else’s error. In these cases, victims have a legal right to file a claim against the individual at fault in an effort to recover financial losses. The problem is many people filing this type of claim make simple mistakes that diminish their likelihood of receiving compensation for their losses.
Should you find yourself facing the damages and financial loss of a car accident in which you believe you are not at fault, your first step should be hiring a lawyer to make your claim. Your next steps should be avoiding these common mistakes which can hurt your car accident claim.
Common Mistakes That Hurt Personal Injury Cases:
Fleeing the Scene –
Fleeing the scene of an accident creates a no win situation. It gives the appearance of running away and guilt, leaving both the police officers on the scene, and later, the judge presiding over your case, a poor impression of you personally.
Admitting Fault –
Casually taking the blame after an accident can damage your claim. If there is evidence that you admitted fault at the scene, it is likely you will not be able to recover any of your losses. Keep your opinions of fault to yourself and contact an expert injury attorney.
Detailing Your Accident on Social Media –
While at first glance, documenting your accident on social media may seem like a great idea. The problem arises when seasoned insurance adjusters check your status posts seeking information which appears to contradict your claim. They may even use non-accident photos to damage your character and credibility. Just say no to social media posts until your case is settled and you have the compensation you deserve.
Misjudging the Severity of Your Injuries –
Some injuries following an accident don’t present until days or weeks later. Shock, as well as adrenaline, can lessen pain on the scene. Even if you don’t feel injured, always follow up with a visit to your physician to be sure you are fully away of any injuries related to your claim. Once you have a diagnosis, follow your doctor’s instructions and continue to see the doctor until he or she releases you from care regarding your injuries.
Don’t Lie –
Following an accident, honesty is the best policy. Car accident attorneys and judges have seen and heard just about everything related to an accident. They are experienced and knowledgeable and have the ability to evaluate your statements for truths verses falsehoods. It’s always better to be honest.
Hiring a well-qualified personal injury attorney is an important step in avoiding the common mistakes which can damage your car accident claim. An experienced accident attorney, like those in The Barnes Firm, will represent you and help you get the compensation you deserve following your accident.