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If you are involved in an auto accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can collect compensation for your losses by filing a suit against the negligent party. However, there are mistakes that are commonly made by accident victims which can devastate the entire case and may leave you empty handed after the case has concluded. Understanding them may help you avoid the problem.
- Lying Always report the correct details of the case, no matter who may be asking the questions. You could be speaking to law enforcement, an insurance company, or even an officer of the court. Wondering why it’s so crucial to tell the truth in your case? Once you have been caught speaking a mistruth, you will be deemed untrustworthy and that could be very harmful to your personal injury case.
- Failure to Include Photos Today we have easy access to mobile devices, and almost all of them are equipped with cameras. If you’re like most people, yours is probably always at the ready, so use it well. If you’re involved in an accident, begin taking pictures immediately. In the event you are seriously injured or you find yourself without access to a camera, ask others who are present at the scene to take pictures. Make certain you provide your email address or physical address so you can have those photos sent to you at a later date.
- Discussing Your Accident Do not discuss your accident until you’ve spoken to your solicitor. Don’t discuss it in a conversation and don’t bring it up on social media feed. Comments, photos, and posts automatically become part of the public record, so avoid it at all costs.
- Hesitating to Find Representation One of the biggest mistakes accident victims make is waiting to contact a solicitor. It is important to be represented by a legal professional, and any comments made or papers signed before hiring a solicitor could endanger your case.
- Failure to Seek Medical Care Even if you don’t feel as though you are hurt, do not avoid medical care. An adrenaline rush often occurs after an accident, and it can mask pain and other symptoms that could present themselves even days later. Make a trip to your GP or to the emergency department of your local hospital just to ensure you’re not seriously injured.
Protect yourself and make wise decisions after an accident. It could make all the difference when it comes to recovering for your losses. To learn more about the steps you should follow after an accident or to discuss a recent accident, contact us today. The best way to protect your claim, we’ll begin working on your case immediately.