The aftermath of a car accident is stressful, but what you do (or don’t do) is extremely important to making sure you later receive the compensation you deserve. Make sure to avoid the following common mistakes people make after a car accident.
Even when an accident seems minor, you should notify the police. An accident report will be created, which can also serve as a record of the collision. When filing an insurance claim, this report is a persuasive piece of evidence that will assist you in proving liability, as it will state the officer’s opinion as to how the accident occurred and identify the resulting damage.
Taking photos is easy to forget after a car accident, since you may feel confused, in pain, and possibly angry. However, photos of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles, your injuries, and of the surrounding area can be integral to your claim. To be on the safe side, you can also take photos of the other driver’s insurance card and driver’s license.
Obtaining medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident is extremely important. Because of the extra adrenaline, victims often don’t realize the extent of their injuries right away. You may believe your injuries are minor, or that you’re not hurt at all. Having a physician evaluate you still, will ensure that any potential injuries are documented properly. Putting you in a better position to pursue a claim, if any symptoms pop up in the days or weeks after.
Insurance companies seek to pay out as little as possible on car accident claims. That means they will often pressure you into accepting an unfairly low initial settlement offer. The adjusters know that injury victims are typically overwhelmed, and need money as soon as possible to get back on their feet.
This is perhaps one of the biggest of potential car accident mistakes, as many people believe they can negotiate directly with an insurance company or pursue a claim without a lawyer’s help. Although it is possible, trying to navigate the legal system on your own can end up costing you in the end. Depending on the circumstances, car accident claims can be complicated, and the other party may be attempting to reduce your recovery by placing the blame on you. It’s usually best to have a professional on your side who understands the process, its complexities, and how to fight to obtain the compensation you deserve.
At Goldblatt + Singer, it is our goal to help the victims of car accidents achieve legal justice and recover the compensation they need to help rebuild their lives. Call (314) 370-2228 to set up a consultation with our St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer today.