A car accident can be a major problem with long-term consequences. If you do not receive the compensation you need for your injuries, the costs of the accident can quickly drain any savings you had.
There is no guarantee that you will receive the compensation you deserve, and your actions can actually reduce or eliminate the settlement you could have earned. Here are a few mistakes that could lower your compensation to look out for after your accident:
Not collecting evidence at the scene of the crash
The evidence that you can collect at the accident is at its strongest immediately following the accident. If you are able, take pictures and videos of the accident to confirm the results of the accident and what may have caused it.
Not reporting the accident
After an accident, be sure to report it to your insurance so they can do what they need to do to provide you with the support they can offer. Calling the police can provide you with a police report that you can use in your claim, medical attention you might need, and the clean-up services that may be necessary after the crash.’
Not seeing a doctor
Even if you feel fine after an accident, go see a doctor. They can confirm if you received any life-threatening hidden injuries and also provide you with a benchmark for your health after the accident that you can use to support your compensation claim.
Talking to insurance companies alone
The liable party’s insurance company will often reach out to a victim with questions about the accident. They may present these questions as a way to provide you with the funds you need, but it is more likely that they are looking for grounds to minimize or eliminate any liability to pay you. Avoiding the next mistake can help you avoid this one as well.
Not calling an attorney
A skilled personal injury attorney can help you identify the fair value of your compensation claim, avoid other fatal mistakes in your claim, and reduce the time it takes to secure the settlement you need. An attorney can also act on your behalf when speaking to insurance companies or other lawyers and keep you from saying anything that may hurt your claim. Let their experience guide you to the settlement you deserve after your car accident.