After a Car Accident: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Jun 27, 2016
Car accidents are unexpected and frightening experiences, which is why it isn’t always easy to stay calm and remember the steps you should take to protect yourself. Because what you do after an accident can have a tremendous impact on your health and the strength of your future personal injury claim should you choose to file one, it is important to do what you can to stay calm and remember a few important things.
At Salvador Phillips, PLLC, we want you to be prepared in the event of an auto accident so that you and your loved ones can stay safe and so you can protect your legal rights and interests should the need arise. Below, we’ve outlined 5 common mistakes to avoid after a car accident.
- Not calling the police – Calling law enforcement after a traffic collision can ensure you get the involvement of a neutral third party. Police reports can objectively record the circumstances surrounding a crash and document information of all parties and witnesses involved. When a police report is being taken, you should not discuss or admit fault – as there may be factors behind the crash you are not yet aware of.
- Forgetting to exchange info – Exchanging information with all parties involved in a crash, if you are able to do so, is important in any type of crash. Make sure to exchange contact information, driver’s license info, license plate number, and insurance information.
- Not getting timely medical attention – Timely medical treatment is essential to both your well-being and your future personal injury claim. If you are hurting, seek treatment. Even if you are not, it may still be wise to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Often, victims don’t begin to feel pain until hours or days later. If you wait to seek treatment, the insurance company may use that as evidence to support their claims that were not injured or that your injuries were not serious.
- Thinking the insurance company is on your side – All too often, injured victims believe the insurance company is on their side and that they’ll be fully and fairly compensated. The unfortunate truth is that insurance companies are in business to make money, not pay out claims. This means they will often offer victims less than they actually deserve in an attempt to protect their bottom line. Never accept a low-ball offer, especially if you haven’t spoken with an attorney.
- Not speaking to the right lawyer – Working with an experienced lawyer who handles personal injury cases is key to successfully navigating the legal process and securing the compensation you need to cover your damages, including your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. At our firm, our attorneys have extensive experience protecting the rights of car accident victims, and we’re prepared to guide you step-by-step through the process ahead.
Have you been injured in a car accident in the Phoenix area? Contact our personal injury lawyers today for a FREE consultation about your right to compensation.