Do’s And Don’ts After A Car Accident
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After a car accident, it is important to take certain actions to help with any future personal injury case. Here are the important do’s and don’ts to remember after being involved in a car collision:
Do Call the Police
In many areas, it is mandatory to call the police if an accident occurs, especially if someone is injured or there is extensive property damage. However, there are other reasons why it is important to call the police. For example, calling the police gets the accident recorded on paper. You can later request an accident report that will contain important information, such as the other party’s contact and insurance details. It may also contain information that can help substantiate your case, such as the officer’s observations regarding the possible cause of the accident and whether or not the other driver received a citation.
Do Seek Medical Attention
If you are injured in a car accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. This can help prevent your injuries from becoming worse. Additionally, it connects the cause of the accident with your medical injury. Be sure to keep track of all of your medical bills and reports and mention the car accident as your reason for seeking treatment. This helps establish a clear record to help substantiate your damages down the road.
Do Call an Attorney
At the end of the day, it is usually an insurance company that you are going to have to deal with. Insurance companies have their own attorneys, so it is important to level the playing field by finding competent legal representation of your own. A personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights and can handle communication and negotiations with the insurance company. Most important, an attorney knows the law and statutes of limitation.
Don’t Agree to a Recorded Statement without Counsel
Insurance companies often try to trick individuals by stating that they must provide a recorded statement in order to receive damages. However, this statement is generally only used to try to refute their client’s liability or the extent of damages. Before providing any recorded statement, discuss it with your personal injury attorney.
Don’t Agree to Settlement without Legal Representation
Many insurance companies will try to quickly resolve claims before a person hires an attorney. In this manner, they can save the company more money by offering a low settlement. However, an attorney can help you assess the real damages that you have suffered due to another person’s negligence. A personal injury lawyer can help estimate the real extent of your damages, such as lost wages and lost earning capacity, especially if the accident resulted in a disability. A car accident attorney has a better idea of what a potential claim is worth.
Don’t Admit Fault
Even saying “I’m sorry” can ultimately be used against you in court and treated as an admission of guilt. Avoid making any conversation with the other driver beyond what is absolutely necessary to get contact information.