Don’t Make These Mistakes after Your Auto Accident

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.

3 Ways to Avoid a Serious Auto Accident Now

Every day people are injured and even killed in auto accidents. These costly and often deadly mishaps can happen to anyone at any time on the road. Avoiding accidents should always be first in your mind while driving. Here are a few ways to avoid being involved in a serious auto accident.

Don’t become distracted.

Talking or texting on your mobile phone, fiddling with the radio or retrieving something from the floor will all take your eyes and your attention off the road. That’s asking for trouble. Put all your focus on the task of driving and let the other things wait till you can safely attend to them.

It only takes roughly 5 seconds for a vehicle at highway speed to travel the length of a soccer pitch. Just peeking at a text can rocket you into an intersection in an instant and alter – or end – your life or some else’s. Don’t forget how close you really are to the other vehicles on the road and how powerful the machines you control can be.

Depend on yourself, not other drivers.

Just because you have the right of way, don’t expect other drivers to yield. People run through traffic lights and signs all the time. There will be distracted drivers on the road at any given moment. There could be an inebriated driver right behind or in front of you each time you get behind tithe wheel. Even an excellent driver can make an error and overcorrect.

Count on your own judgment and don’t trust others to make the right decisions on the road.   Always be on the lookout; never get complacent. If someone is driving erratically, give them a wide berth even if you have the right of way.

Maintain you vehicle.

Your auto needs regular maintenance to run well. Little things like properly inflated tires may not seem like much but your vehicle just doesn’t perform as well without this vital service. You can’t stop as quickly or turn as sharply if your tires don’t have the right pressure and that can lead to an accident. Stay on top of your auto maintenance schedule to keep little issues from become major problems.

Drive well, stay safe and avoid accidents!