Auto accidents can shake you up and getting injured can turn your life upside down. During these unanticipated, stressful times, it is important to understand that avoiding a few mistakes after an accident is crucial to ensuring that your rights are protected and the compensation you deserve is recoverable.
Azrael Franz has represented thousands of clients injured in collisions. Although every accident and injury is different, there are a few mistakes everyone should avoid:
Not Reporting the Accident to Police
Reporting the accident ensures that a neutral third party collects information about the incident and parties involved.
Forgetting to Exchange Information
If you are able to do so, always collect information from any party involved in your accident, as well as witnesses. Make sure to collect contact information and insurance information.
Not Getting Medical Treatment
in many situations, victims of car accidents may not immediately realize they are hurt, so it is best to take the time to get at least a checkup to ensure that you receive the care you need.
Forgetting to Keep Evidence
If you’re able to after an accident, note or record anything that may be of importance, such as driver behavior or roadway conditions. Taking pictures or video is also helpful.
Placing Too Much Trust in the Insurance Company
Insurance companies are in business to make money, not pay premiums. Be warned that insurance companies want to protect their bottom line and that it is best to have an advocate by your side when dealing with any insurance representative. Insurance companies will often attempt to settle with injured victims to avoid lengthy proceedings and higher payouts. You should never accept a settlement offer without first speaking to an experienced attorney.
Waiting Too Long to File a Claim
There are time limits in place – known as a statute of limitations – that act as deadlines for anyone injured in car accidents to file civil lawsuits. You should contact a lawyer early after an accident get the process started while you focus on recovering.
Azrael Franz is committed to helping injured victims and families put their lives back together, and we know that our work begins as soon as clients contacts us. If you or someone you love has recently been injured in an auto accident, our legal team is here to help. Contact Azrael Franz for a free case evaluation.