If you’re hurt in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages that result. In order to recover a fair payout, though, you must take certain steps immediately after the collision and in the weeks that follow. You must also take care to avoid certain mistakes. Here are some of the most common missteps attorneys advise injured parties to watch out for in the aftermath of a wreck.
3 Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident
1. Handling the Scene Without Police
It’s critical to call the police following any kind of collision. Even if the accident seems minor — or those involved urge you not to involve law enforcement — officers will provide invaluable help at the scene. In addition to directing traffic away from the wreck and deescalating any conflicts, they’ll draft an official report, obtain statements from eyewitnesses, and conduct chemical tests if necessary.
2. Failing to Visit a Doctor
Personal injury claimants have an obligation to mitigate damages. That means they must seek medical care in a timely fashion. If you fail to visit a doctor immediately following a wreck and then experience complications as a result, the other party can argue you are at least partially liable for the damages.
3. Corresponding With the Insurance Adjuster
Like any business, insurance agencies are focused on their bottom line, and, in many cases, they may try to deny or at least devalue the claims that come their way. Car accident lawyers, on the other hand, are determined to protect their clients’ best interests. For this reason, it’s wise to let your legal team handle everything, including correspondence with your insruance agency. Seasoned attorneys are familiar with the tactics that insurance adjusters often use against claimants, and they won’t let their clients accept anything less than they deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, turn to Bliven Law Firm, P.C. Their seasoned attorneys will help you avoid the critical mistakes that could jeopardize your chances of recovering a fair payout. A full-service firm, they have been representing clients throughout Kalispell, MT, for more than 25 years. In that time, they have helped thousands of injured and ill parties make their lives whole again, and they have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and judgments. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney on their team, fill out the form on their website or call (406) 755-6828.