Being involved in a car accident is a terrible and traumatic experience, often leaving survivors in a haze of shock and confusion. In the chaos of the aftermath, it is easy to sometimes make mistakes, but some of these mistakes can prove to be quite costly and will set the tone for how this matter is addressed, especially if you choose to proceed with a personal injury claim. Understanding what steps to take can help you avoid enduring further pain caused by an accident.
Here is what you need to know about the mistakes you should avoid after a car accident:
1.You did not call the police: Even if your accident was minor, you should call the police, so they can file a police report, which will effectively provide an objective account of the events that took place as well as any pertinent personal information of those involved. Your insurance company and attorney will also want a copy of this.
2.You apologized for the accident: It seems completely natural to apologize after something bad happens, even if it was not your fault, but apologizing after an accident can be perceived as an admission of guilt. Even if you think you were at fault, you should hold off on apologies until a thorough investigation has been conducted.
3.You did not exchange information: Any time you are involved in an accident, it is absolutely critical to exchange information with anyone who was involved, including passengers. Always get the name, address, phone number, license plate number, driver’s license information, insurance company information, and the make and model of all vehicles involved in the accident.
4.You trusted the insurance company: The at-fault party’s insurance company is not interested in helping you through this difficult time. Their goal is to ensure they eliminate or reduce your right to compensation, so you should be cautious, no matter how nice they might seem. Oftentimes, they might try to get you to make a statement regarding the accident, or offer a low settlement before you have even had time to estimate the costs related to your injury and property damage. Hire a personal injury attorney and ensure your rights are not trampled upon.
5.You waited too long: You have a limited amount of time, also known as a statute of limitations, to file your personal injury claim. If you wait too long to take action, you will forever lose your ability to pursue compensation.
Mt. Pleasant Personal Injury Attorney
At Lawton Law Firm, our Mt. Pleasant personal injury lawyers are here to fight for your right to compensation if you were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligent or reckless actions. Backed by a winning track record and decades of combined legal experience, you can rest assured your case will be in capable hands with us.
Contact our firm today at (843) 588-5302 to schedule a free consultation.