There is no denying the fact that the steps after an accident are very crucial and complex. Any mistake after the accident can lead you to suffer from different kinds of damages. You may be distraught, flustered or shaken after an accident, but you are suggested here to avoid some specific mistakes which may prove fatal to your personal injury case. It is also worth mentioning here that the insurance companies also try to twist your words and actions for their own vested interests. Therefore, we are here to provide you the best medico-legal help after your car accident injury. Our personal injury lawyers will represent your case adequately and skilfully try to recover what is legally yours. It is observed that most of the people are not aware of their rights and damages that can be recovered after the car accident. So we are here to make it all simple and to tell you all what you were not aware of before.
Following are some significant mistakes which you must not make in order to avoid any complications in your litigation.
- Not calling the police.
A police record is very much essential in insurance claim process and litigation. If you fail to call the police it means you have not registered your report. The police report is an objective statement that includes all the necessary details. It might be possible that other driver will persuade you to not involve the police, but you should call the police regardless of the severity and nature of the accident. Furthermore, you are also required to note down the badge numbers and names of the police officers that arrive on the scene.
- Apology to the other driver.
An apology to the other driver or police officer may be interpreted as your fault. Your apology can critically damage your case. Even if you believe that it was your fault, you may be wrong, because it is highly difficult to ascertain all the details of the accident especially during the time of stress and pain. Therefore, you are required to be calm and not to admit your fault.
- Fleeing from the scene.
It would be criminal negligence to leave the scene of the accident immediately. You must keep in mind the person who flees from the accident scene is considered guilty. You should not leave that site irrespective of the severity of the injuries or the accident. You must wait for the police and let them evaluate all the aspects of the scene.
- Not approaching the insurance company.
It is in your best interests to notify and intimate your insurance company immediately after the accident. If you fail to intimate your insurance company, you may also fail to recover the loss and costs from your insurance company.
- Delay in receiving medical treatment.
It is in your best interests to seek medical help immediately. Forget about the nature or severity of the injuries. Because it might be possible that after the accident you may look fine ostensibly or it might be difficult to know about the type of injuries. It would be very beneficial for you to get medical treatment and to get your injuries diagnosed as early as possible. Moreover, you are also required to complete the treatment plan so that you may recover all the losses incurred upon you.
- Giving any statement to your or other driver’s insurance company.
Moreover, you will be approached by your insurance company and other person’s insurance company. They will ask you to sign any papers or give a statement about the accident. Keep in mind that you must be cooperative with your insurance company but after consulting with a personal injury lawyer. If you do not consult with any personal injury attorney before giving a statement, your insurance company may get undue advantage.
- Too much delay in pursuing the claim.
You must keep in mind that you do not have ample time to wait and pursue a claim after a car accident. You are required to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately because you have limited time to pursue a claim.
- Do not tell a lie.
Furthermore, you are instructed to remain trustworthy and a truthful person. You should not conceal any facts from your personal injury attorney, medical professional or your insurance company. If you do not tell the truth to any of these parties, it may hurt your credibility in the court and may prove fatal for you.