- Declining immediate medical care
- Waiting to contact a lawyer
- Failing to contact police
- Not documenting the scene
- Not reporting to insurance companies
- Recording statements before getting legal help
- Admitting fault
Medical care should be your main priority, not only for your health and wellbeing but also for the strength of your case.
Remember, in the moments immediately following an auto accident, shock and adrenaline may mask your injuries, making it difficult to realize that something is wrong. That’s why it’s essential that you accept emergency medical care and contact a car accident lawyer right away.
Emergency responders and physicians will identify any injuries caused by the accident and begin creating a record that will help with your settlement negotiations.
Our attorneys will help you find follow-up care and medical specialists who will treat your injuries and continue the paper trail that will authenticate your injuries and strengthen your case.
Not reporting your accident to the insurance company and failing to call the police can give the insurance company cause to deny your claim because they’ll argue that you didn’t take the accident seriously.
Finally, anything you say to the police and insurance company can be used against you, so when you do report your accident, it’s important to only give the facts. Do not discuss fault. Simply report the date and time of the accident and state that you won’t discuss the matter any further without your attorney.
This is the best way to protect your rights and get the settlement you deserve.