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Mistakes to Avoid After an Accident

Being injured in an accident can be overwhelming and, in the aftermath, people often make mistakes. Unfortunately, many of the mistakes a person can make after an accident can prevent them from recovering damages for their injuries. It is crucial to understand what to avoid after an accident to protect your personal injury claim.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make after an accident that you should avoid:

  • Failing to call law enforcement to the scene: No matter how big or small the accident is, you must dial 911 after an accident. The officers who arrive on the scene will file a police report, which will serve as invaluable evidence for your personal injury claim. Both your insurance company and the at-fault party’s insurance company will want a copy of the report, so never make the mistake of foregoing this step.
  • Apologizing or admitting fault: People often feel compelled to apologize after an accident, but this is also a pretty massive mistake no one should make. If you apologize at the scene of an accident, it might be misinterpreted as an admission of guilt and, if it gets back to the at-fault party’s insurance company, it might be turned against you.
  • Not collecting enough evidence: Some of the evidence you should gather after being involved in a motor vehicle accident includes the other driver’s information, photographs of the scene of the accident, and contact information for any witnesses at the scene. Much of this might be included in the police report, but it is still crucial to gather this evidence yourself in case the police officer is not thorough enough.
  • Not visiting the doctor: Even if you are not experiencing any pain or symptoms after the accident, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you postpone medical treatment, it can harm both your health and your chances of obtaining compensation in a personal injury claim.
  • Settling your claim quickly: The at-fault party’s insurance company might make a settlement offer early on in the claims process, but this does not mean you should accept it. In fact, this is often one of the worst mistakes a person can make since these initial offers are usually much too low. Once you settle your case, you will not be able to reopen it again, so make sure the offer you accept is enough to cover the cost of your injuries, damage, lost wages, and any other losses associated with your injuries.
  • Not hiring an attorney: The at-fault party’s insurance company might try to convince you that you do not need an attorney, but failing to seek legal representation is actually a big mistake. Having skilled legal help on your side will help you maximize compensation and hold the responsible party liable.

Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer at the Dean Law Firm

If you sustained injuries in a car accident, you need to secure experienced legal guidance as soon as you can to avoid time running out on the statute of limitations. For the help you need, contact the Dean Law Firm in Texas. We recovered tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of your clients and can do the same for you.

Contact our law office today at (432) 214-8125 to schedule a free case review with an award-winning attorney. We have weekend, evening, and off-site availability.