Not reporting the car accident
If an accident occurs and you don’t report it to the police or insurance company as soon as possible, this may impact your claim. Sometimes, the at-fault party tries to convince the victim to accept a settlement out of pocket without involving the police or insurers. You can’t be guaranteed that the amount you receive will cater for all your losses. Injuries may not all manifest immediately. Sometimes the injuries become worse with time and you may not get compensated again if you already agreed to an early settlement.
Not understanding your legal rights
Having a lawyer by your side ensures your rights are protected regardless of the part you played in the accident. Additionally, you have rights to information such as police reports. If you believe that any information recorded by the police is incorrect, discuss this with your lawyer.
Making uninformed statements
Making statements that are uninformed or mistaken can undermine your chances of getting compensated. It is imperative that you are of sound mind and fully capable of appreciating issues before you provide a statement to any parties.
Failing to collect evidence
From leaving the site without taking photos of the accident scene to moving your car, many people make these common mistakes after a car accident that may impact their claim. Take pictures with your phone to capture what is happening. Consider gathering evidence from other sources such as cameras from the business near the accident scene or witnesses who saw the accident and can vouch for you.
Not seeking medical care
When injured in a car accident, you should seek medical attention. Injuries can become worse over time and should be fully investigated by medical practitioners. An experienced lawyer can help you gather all medical records to support your claim.