Money isn’t everything, but it can help put you back to where you were before a car accident. Don’t do anything that can compromise the amount of compensation you can get after your crash. Read below to learn about 10 common mistakes people make that can wreck your Texas car accident case.
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1. Don’t Admit Fault
When you’re at the scene of an accident, it can be hard not to apologize and accept the blame, especially when tensions are high. Don’t even talk to the other driver except to make sure they are okay and don’t need medical attention.
If the responding police officer asks you for a statement, keep it brief. Do not say anything that can lead to your being at fault. Instead, tell the officer you can’t recall what happened, and you’ll give him a written statement after you’ve talked to your lawyer.
If an insurance company calls you for a statement, do not talk to them. They may act like your friend, but they are only trying to get you to admit fault, so they limit their financial liability. Instead, refer them to your personal injury attorney for a statement.
2. Don’t Sign Anything From the Insurance Company
Not only should you avoid talking to the insurance company, but you should also never sign any document they give you without first consulting an attorney. The insurance company may want you to sign a broad medical release form so they can get your medical records or a release of claims promising you won’t sue them.
3. Don’t Avoid Going to the Doctor
You should get medical treatment as soon as possible after a car accident. If you don’t go to the hospital, you can still go to an urgent care center or your primary care physician. You will need to establish the severity of your injuries to support your damages for your insurance claim.
4. Don’t Have Gaps in Medical Treatment
If your doctor tells you to follow up with them in two weeks, make sure you reschedule with them and attend that appointment. Failure to attend medical appointments may be a sign to the insurance company that you are not injured.
5. Don’t Deny Advanced Medical Care
No one wants to spend weeks recovering from a serious accident, but it may be necessary. Your doctor may want you to see a specialist or physical therapist to promote your recovery. You must follow these directions to show that you are complying with your doctor’s recommendations.
6. Don’t Post Your Accident on Social Media
It can be tempting to post on social media that you had an accident and you’re “okay”; however, the insurance company will likely get access to those posts and hold them against you if they can. They might claim that you were fine after the accident and not hurt.
7. Journal Life Post-Accident
Keep track of how your life has changed in a post-accident journal. You should document your injuries, pain level, what you’re able to do and what you cannot do, as well as information about your doctors. Your journal may be used as evidence in your claim, so keep that in mind when writing in it.
8. File Medical Records and Bills
If you get copies of your medical records, medical bills, or discharge forms, you should keep copies of those in a file. You can also give a copy to your attorney. This will allow your lawyer to properly value your claim and make sure you get the maximum amount possible.
9. Track Lost Wages
You may have to miss work and lose out on employee benefits such as sick pay and vacation time to cope with your life post-car accident.
You should get a statement of your lost wages from your employer or keep track of how much you are missing out on in your journal. This will be an important part of your damages.
10. Don’t Hide Information From Your Attorney
You should tell your attorney everything about your car accident. Even if you think you may be partially to blame, your attorney can help. Your lawyer is there for you to answer any questions you might have. Allow them to relieve your stress and give you peace of mind.
Anderson Injury Lawyers Is Here for You
You don’t have to deal with a car accident by yourself. Anderson Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of victims just like you. If you were hurt in a crash, call (817) 294-1900 or use our online contact form to reach out.