Common Mistakes Made By Accident Victims In Personal Injury Cases
Many auto accident victims say or do things that end up hurting their case. The steps you take immediately following your accident and personal injury can affect what type of compensation you recover from the negligent person who injured you. If you make certain mistakes, you may permanently damage your case.
If you’ve been injured in a car or truck accident, review these tips in order to make sure you don’t damage your case. Even if you’ve made one of these mistakes, bring it up with your personal injury attorney and they may be able to help you out.
1) Always call the police.
Do not agree with the other driver that you can handle things just between yourselves. Without a police accident report, you don’t have any proof that the other driver was at fault. That “nice” other driver can turn around and claim that the accident was your fault! Always make sure you get the police to come out and file an official accident report.
2) Get witness contact information immediately.
If there are any witnesses to the accident, make sure that you talk to them and get their contact information. The more witnesses you have on your side the better your case.
3) Recorded statements? No thanks!
If the insurance company asks you to give a recorded statement, politely decline and call your attorney.
4) Don’t accept a quick settlement.
If an insurance company offers you a quick settlement with little or no argument, it can be tempting to take the money without question. The problem is that it is impossible to know how much is fair before you know how long you will need treatment and how much time you will miss from work. Never settle your case before you get better or before you know the full extent of your injuries.
If you’ve been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, please call personal injury attorney Ed Meade at The Meade Law Firm today in order to schedule a free personal injury case evaluation. We want to help. (804) 377-2273.