Being involved in a car accident can turn your world upside-down. Injuries from an accident could incur steep medical expenses and may require time off from work. If an accident involves severe injuries, these costs are generally far more expensive. It is important to make the right moves after a car accident to give yourself a better chance of recovering adequate compensation for your injuries. Avoid the following four mistakes after a car accident.
Mistake 1: Not Receiving Medical Attention
You should seek medical attention after an accident, even if you do not believe you suffered injuries. Certain types of injuries, such as internal bleeding, may not show symptoms for several hours. Musculoskeletal injuries may not show symptoms for days after the accident.
You are also establishing a record of your injuries (if there are any) by receiving treatment. These records are useful for showing proof of your injuries and for helping assess the damages you suffered due to the accident. Be sure to save copies of any medical documentation you receive.
Mistake 2: Failing to Document Evidence
Photographs of the crash scene, witness information and other documentation are useful evidence in an auto accident case. Unfortunately, not everyone involved in a car accident will be able to secure this information. An attorney can obtain this information soon after your accident if you are unable to do so yourself.
Crucial evidence can be moved or destroyed shortly after an accident. This is one of several reasons why you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Mistake 3: Talking to the At-Fault Party’s Insurance Company
An adjuster with the at-fault party’s insurance company is likely to contact you after the accident. If you choose to talk to this person, be aware that is very simple to make a mistake that could affect your ability to recover adequate compensation. For instance, you would want to avoid admitting any kind of fault. Even saying “I’m sorry” could negatively affect your claim.
You should avoid speaking with the other party’s insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney.
Mistake 4: Waiting Too Long to File a Claim
There is a statute of limitations for filing an auto accident injury claim. Once you exceed the statute of limitations, you may be unable to recover compensation for your injuries. In most cases, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after your accident. You should contact an attorney soon after your accident to determine your legal options for recovering compensation.
Questions? Contact Our Macon Car Accident Lawyers
We only discussed the tip of the iceberg as far as this topic is concerned. There are many other mistakes that you could make after an accident that may negatively affect your ability to recover compensation.
You can speak with a Macon car accident lawyer at McArthur Law Firm at no cost. Our attorneys offer free consultations and you can reach us 24/7. To contact our office, call 1-(888) 933-4448 or use our online case review form.