What Not to Do after a Car Accident
If you are injured in a car accident, you may be able to seek monetary compensation through the personal injury claims process. However, the facts of an accident may not always speak for themselves and your conduct can greatly influence the outcome of your case. The truth is that the claims process can be riddled with potential pitfalls; if you say or do the wrong thing, you could irrevocably damage your case. Our blog outlines four common mistakes car accident victims make and how you can avoid them.
- Waiting to see a doctor: The failure to seek prompt medical attention can put both your health and your claim at risk. When it comes to your health, the severity of your injuries may not be immediately apparent. Only a doctor can evaluate your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment. To make matters worse, a claims adjuster might argue that the lack of prompt medical treatment is evidence that your injuries are not as severe as you claim. It is critical to see a doctor after any accident, even after minor collisions.
- Admitting fault: After an accident, you will need to interact with several parties including law enforcement, your insurance company, and the other drivers. Be mindful of what you say and do not admit fault for an accident. For example, simply saying that you are sorry, whether done out of sympathy or empathy, may be argued as an admission of guilt. If you have questions about how to speak with any parties, contact a knowledgeable attorney.
- Leaving the scene of an accident: No matter who is at fault for an accident, it is critical to stay at the scene until the police arrive and all parties have exchanged any necessary information. If you leave too soon, you may be facing charges for a hit-and-run accident, a serious criminal offense. If the other driver has not contacted the police, call them yourself and be sure to request a copy of the police report.
- Misrepresenting your case: While it is important to limit what you say, do not lie or misrepresent your case when dealing with the police, your insurance company, or your attorney. Falsifying an insurance claim can have serious criminal penalties. If you don’t know a question the police are asking you, it may be better to say that you don’t know than to speculate.
In the wake of a car accident, enlisting the services of a knowledgeable attorney as early as possible can help you build a solid foundation for success in your case. At Hall & Sethi, PLC, we have proven experience fighting for car accident victims and we understand how to maximize the strength of your claim. When you need effective legal representatives, contact our Reston car accident attorneys and get more than 65 years of combined experience on your side.
Call (703) 991-1949 for an initial consultation and talk to us about your case.