If you’ve been in a car accident before, you probably know what steps you need to take afterward to ensure you receive proper medical treatment and recover financial compensation for your damages. However, it’s also a good idea to know what mistakes to avoid making. Anything you say or do can be used against you, so what you do or not do can affect the outcome of your accident case.
Make sure you get the most compensation possible for your injuries and other damages. To build a good case, avoid making these common mistakes.
It’s only human nature for us to want to apologize when something goes wrong, especially something as serious as a car accident. However, even saying something as simple as “I’m sorry.” can quickly ruin your case. That’s because an apology insinuates guilt. The insurance company will try to find you at fault. A car accident is not the time to be empathetic. Avoid these two words and let the insurance companies determine liability.
Not Calling the Police
For a minor fender-bender, you may not think you need to get the police involved. However, if your injuries turn out to be serious, you’ll want to make sure you seek financial recovery. You’ll be in a better position if you get a police report in your favor. Police reports include valuable information, such as photos, witness information and other evidence that can bolster your case. The police may even find that the other driver was in violation of the law at the time of the crash, which can help you even more. Therefore, don’t neglect to call the police following an accident.
Not Going to the Doctor
Even if you feel fine after a crash, it’s always a good idea to see a doctor after a car accident. Adrenaline from the crash can mask serious injuries. A doctor can fully assess you and document any injuries. The more documentation you have, the better the outcome. If you wait until weeks or months later to visit the doctor, it will be harder to prove your case and get fair compensation.
Settling Too Quickly
While you may be tempted to settle quickly so you can move on with your life, doing so would be a huge disservice. Don’t take the first offer you’re given. Be sure to document all your damages, including pain and suffering, and go from there. Insurance companies are known for lowballing. Your case is probably worth much more. Have an attorney assess the value of your claim.
Get Hurt? Get Gary!
While it’s important to know what to do after a car accident, it’s just as important to know what you should not do so you can maximize your financial recovery after such a crash. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can give you the advice you need.
If you were injured in a car accident, you may be dealing with the insurance companies, medical bills and lost time from work as you recover. The Falkowitz Law Firm can handle your Long Island car accident case for you. To get started, call 844-GET-GARY today. Our firm is available 24/7, so schedule a free consultation today.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.