When you’ve been involved in a vehicle accident, it’s important that you avoid mistakes that may jeopardize your claim. Some of these include:
- Admitting fault. Even if you believe that you’re at fault for the accident, don’t apologize. There is a procedure that experts follow to determine liability, and it’s best to allow that process to run its course. If you give a statement to the police regarding the accident, simply state the facts without acknowledging fault.
- Failing to call the police. Even if your vehicle accident is minor, you should still call the police. You’ll want to have an accident report on file, in order to document the most important facts related to the incident. If you don’t contact the police, an insurance company may use your failure to do so as an excuse to deny liability.
- Posting on social media. Insurance companies will likely monitor your social media accounts in an attempt to collect information that can be used to reduce their liability. Any public statements you make may be used to undermine your claim. Your comments could be interpreted as an admission of fault. Furthermore, information about your activities may be used to argue that your injuries aren’t as serious as you had originally claimed. Avoid any discussion of the accident, and set your accounts to private.
- Failing to visit a doctor. Jurors and insurance companies often assume that if a vehicle accident victim wasn’t hurt badly enough to seek prompt medical attention, his injuries must not be that serious. Similarly, if you fail to show up for appointments with your doctor, your medical records will reflect these missed appointments. This could be interpreted to mean that you weren’t that interested in improving your condition, or that you were feeling fine.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, you need the guidance of an experienced attorney to help you avoid mistakes that may jeopardize your claim. To protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.