Car accidents are stressful, scary, and can cause lasting damage. It’s all too easy to do or say the wrong thing—especially if you’re in shock. Don’t cheat yourself out of the compensation you deserve. Read this list of mistakes and commit them to memory. If you’re ever injured in an accident, you’ll be glad you did.
- Don’t admit fault. It’s easy (especially if you’re used to over-apologizing) to say “I’m sorry” after an accident, even if you did nothing wrong. Unfortunately, your politeness can be used against you when you try to collect damages. Avoid statements like, “I never saw them coming” or “I only looked at my phone for a second,” too.
- Don’t forget to document the accident. If you’re in need of emergency medical assistance, you won’t be able to document the accident thoroughly. However, if you are able, take plenty of photos of both cars, the scene, your injuries and the weather/traffic conditions.
- Don’t skip medical attention. You might be tempted to say, “I’m fine.” You might even believe that. Adrenaline is powerful, and injuries might not manifest until hours or days later. However, waiting to see a doctor can work against your case. The defense might try to paint your injuries as less serious because you waited “too long.”
- Don’t forget to call the police. Always call the police, even if the other driver begs you not to do so. Not only is it the law, but you’ll need the police report for your documentation.
- Don’t hesitate to file a claim. Ohio gives you two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. The sooner, the better—memories fade, surveillance footage can be lost and eyewitnesses can disappear.
- Don’t give your insurance company a reason to pay you less. Many people forget that an insurance company’s main goal is to save money. That means they have a vested interest in paying you less. Let your attorney handle the insurance companies so you don’t accidentally speak against your interests.
- Don’t agree to the first settlement offer. Finally, don’t agree to the first settlement offer the insurance company offers—even if they make it sound like you’ll lose out if you don’t immediately accept. Your personal injury attorney will evaluate the offer and let you know if it’s worthwhile.
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If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, working with a skilled personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. When you work with me, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me today at 877.614.9524 for a consultation.