When an accident leaves you with severe personal or property damage, it can be hard to focus on the overall outcome of the accident when you were thinking about how you were getting to tomorrow. When what you should do is just as important as what you should not do, how can You know what mistakes to avoid after an accident?
Every day, more than 16,000 car accidents happen. With thousands of car accidents happening all the time, it can feel like it is only a matter of time before you experience an accident. If you find yourself the victim of a motor vehicle accident here are things you should avoid doing to protect your best possible outcome:
Talking to the other party
Keep your dialogue with the at-fault party of your car accident to a minimum. Anything you might say to them could wind up reducing the compensation you receive for your injuries or excuse the liable party from any responsibility for your damages. An example of this is a victim accidentally admitting fault only by apologizing after an accident. Even if it wasn’t their fault, their apology could create grounds to shift liability onto the victim.
Avoiding the doctor
Even if you feel fine after an accident, you may have experienced internal injuries or other injuries you might not be aware of. Doctors can identify signs of internal injuries like a traumatic brain injury, and provide you with lifesaving treatment. Your visit with the doctor also creates a benchmark of your health immediately following the accident. This helps document your health and prevent any efforts to claim your injuries happened from something after the accident.
Pursuing a claim without an attorney
Personal injury lawyers know how to determine the current and future costs of your injury. They know how to negotiate with the liable party and their insurance to provide you with the best possible outcome in your claim. A victim without an attorney can quickly turn into a victim accepting a settlement that is far less than they deserve.
Attorneys also know how to keep their clients from making other serious mistakes that can jeopardize their health. If you have suffered from a severe personal injury after a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.